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Sixty Three Years Ago Today…June 6, 1944


Sixty Three Years Ago Today…June 6, 1944

Wednesday, June 06, 2007 2:31 PM

Special day for me.  My Dad was shot down over Normandy as he flew over the area dropping off paratroopers.  He was the  guy in charge of making sure all the men got off and out.  When they got hit, my Dad and the co-pilot got the dead and wounded out of the plane.  Then my Dad pushed the co-pilot out.  He then went to the cockpit and latched onto the pilot, dragged him aft, hooked him up and pushed him out.  My Dad was the last man out.

Obviously, my Dad survived the ordeal and after 3 days walking around France with his 45 at the ready,  he found a British contingent and made it back to England after about a week.

Yes,  today is a special day to me and the rest of the world.

Great Video Here (FDR’s prayer in the audio)

There is a fantastic article here written about the invasion of Normandy and other beaches and discusses what “might have been” had emotions gotten the better part of valor and mission accomplishments.

What if American and Allied Forces withdrew from France when the going got really rough and what similarities can be drawn today?

FDR’s Prayer, delivered June 6, 1944

My Fellow Americans:

Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our Allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far.

And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.

They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.

They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest — until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war.

For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and goodwill among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

And for us at home — fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas, whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them — help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.

Many people have urged that I call the nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.

Give us strength, too — strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.

And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

And, O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade. Let not the keeness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment — let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace — a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

Thy will be done, Almighty God.

Amen.

Franklin D. Roosevelt – June 6, 1944

 

GREAT piece on this day by Victor Davis Hanson

June 10, 2007 - Posted by | Eagles Up, Memorial Day

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