73rd Anniverary of D-Day
“It is enough for us to say about Private Zanatta and all the men of honor and courage who fought beside him four decades ago: We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.”
I can think of no better way to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion then by watching and listening to Ronald Reagan’s magnificent 1984 Boys of Pointe du Hoc speech, written by Peggy Noonan.
President Reagan did not miss the opportunity to call out the evil empire that was the Soviet Union, and while recognizing the sacrifice the Russian people had made to win the Second World War, he implored them to join the United States in creating world peace.
President Reagan also made another speech that day, one that was inspired by the story of Private First Class Peter Robert Zanatta, of the 37th Engineer Combat Battalion, and first assault wave to hit Omaha Beach. His daughter, Lisa, wrote to the president about her father’s desire to go back, to lie flowers on the graves and honor the men who saved the world that day. Unfortunately, Robert Zanatta never made it back. He did of cancer eight years before. The text of that speech is here.
Please say a prayer for these brave men and their families, and fly your flag.
God bless America.