Commemorating the 65th Anniversary of D-Day

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
June 6, 2009
American Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer in Western France

In Normandy this morning, President Obama spoke at the D-Day 65th Anniversary Ceremony."Lyndon Johnson once said that there are certain moments when '...history and fate meet at a single time in a single place to shape a turning point in man's unending search for freedom.'

D-Day was such a moment. One newspaper noted that 'we have come to the hour for which we were born.' Had the Allies failed here, Hitler's occupation of this continent might have continued indefinitely. Instead, victory here secured a foothold in France. It opened a path to Berlin. It made possible the achievements that followed the liberation of Europe: the Marshall Plan, the NATO alliance, the shared prosperity and security that flowed from each.

It was unknowable then, but so much of the progress that would define the 20th century, on both sides of the Atlantic, came down to the battle for a slice of beach only six miles long and two miles wide.

More particularly, it came down to the men who landed here -- those who now rest in this place for eternity, and those who are with us here today. Perhaps more than any other reason, you, the veterans of that landing, are why we still remember what happened on D-Day. You're why we keep coming back.

For you remind us that in the end, human destiny is not determined by forces beyond our control. You remind us that our future is not shaped by mere chance or circumstance. Our history has always been the sum total of the choices made and the actions taken by each individual man and woman. It has always been up to us."

Read more on the White House Blog.

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Eric
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New Mexico, USA
June 13, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

"I know that throughout their history, the people of the United States defended their freedom, their liberty, their justice, and their rights -- if need be -- with their lives. I think their courage is so admirable."
- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak

Source:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124484758194711341.html

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Short answer:

It's all about creating the "American Dream", Mr. President.

And the "Asian dream"...and the "Euro-dream"...and the "African dream"...and the "( enter your "people of choice" here) dream."

The ursurpers of dreams don't stand a chance.

Anniversary I.
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India
July 3, 2009

A.I. in India writes:

Congratulations

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