On June 6, 1944, the native son of Kansas General Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered a speech to the troops before the invasion.
“The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere go with you.” Your task is not an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. We will accept nothing less than full victory. Let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great undertaking.”
It’s 2014, 70 years later, and we have been in many wars and battles since then. We remember President Eisenhower and even this year the new airport in Wichita will be named after him. He was the first President to be baptized in the White House. He is responsible for putting “Under God” in our pledge of allegiance, and “In God We Trust on our money.
I’m confident that General Eisenhower’s message to us today would be not to forget the men and women in battles of all kinds. Pray daily and in your gatherings each Sunday for their safety. May God Bless America.
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Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!
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. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.
But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war and placed at our disposal great reserves of fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!
I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than a full Victory!
Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.
Dwight D. Eisenhower