The next day was July 4th. We have all had nice 4th of July holidays which have included fireworks, parades, barbeques, and sharing with family. Our July 4th was one of the most moving I have ever experienced. We started out by visiting Pointe Du Hoc, the rocky, fortified, cliff-protected peninsula between Utah and Omaha Beaches. The First Ranger Battalion had the task of riding small boats to the base of the cliffs, scaling the cliffs under fire, and neutralizing the German guns. President Reagan gave one of his best speeches at this site on the 40th anniversary of the landings.
President Reagan's words:
"You are about to embark upon the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you...I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.." General Dwight Eisenhower to the troops on the eve of D-Day