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“They came from the farms of a vast heartland, the streets of glowing cities and the forges of mighty industrial towns. Before the war, many had never ventured beyond their own community. Now, they had come to offer their lives halfway across the world.”
It was President Trump’s finest hour as he spoke to heads of state and gathered World War II veterans in Normandy on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. It was a speech so powerful even CNN’s Jim Acosta lauded the president’s heartfelt remarks, calling them “perhaps the most on-message moment of Donald Trump’s presidency today.”
Despite usually being one of the biggest thorns in Trump’s side, Acosta actually praised the president. “You know what, no matter what I think about the current president of the United States, he said the right thing at Normandy. He did the right thing at Normandy.”
No one saw that coming. The next wave came when MSNBC’s sourpuss Miki Brzezinski weighed in on Trump’s visit to the U.K. “It really was a true salute to the unity of this day,” she said. “He spoke about not only the sacrifices that were made, but our allies and the importance of unity. It was a really good speech.”
Joe Scarborough refused to be left hanging and agreed: “And there was one especially beautiful moment … The heroes were the ones buried here. And yet, he went on to talk about the remarkable life that was created by this generation.”
And from way out in left field, David Ignatius, associate editor and columnist for The Washington Post, opined:
“I think he came here understanding that he had to tell the American story… And as we heard the president tell the stories of these veterans behind him, and that frail rising to receive the applause, I think that all of us felt that President Trump was, on our behalf, was thanking these brave, now old men, who came here 75 years ago. Today was a day when President Trump got it right. And I think we all feel that, watching and listening to him.”
It was a defining moment for Trump, and the normally chatty heartlanders were left somewhat speechless.
With tears welling his eyes, Matt Ruiz, who let his supper grow cold in a bar in Fountain County, IN, to watch Trump, said, “I love this great man.” Michael Layton simply said, “I have no words.”
But Charisse Podesta Kurasz from the Garden State of New Jersey had a lot of words on social media — and even more exciting punctuation:
“God bless our veterans and OUR President!!! The LOVE this President has for America is amazing!!!!!! You can just hear and see it in him!!!!!! May he ALWAYS be blessed by GOD!! THANK YOU PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR THE LOVE YOU HAVE FOR OUR COUNTRY and our People!!!!!!!!”
Operation Neptune: It was the largest amphibious invasion ever mounted on the beaches of Normandy and the goal was to get to the interior of France in the quickest way possible. Troops came in from the air and sea in waves. According to The White House archives, “Allied casualties on June 6 have been estimated at 10,000 killed, wounded, and missing in action: 6,603 Americans, 2,700 British, and 946 Canadians.”
General Dwight D. Eisenhower sent a missive to troops, which has seen a viral share across all social media platforms this week. In part, it states:
“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.”
It is a powerful statement that reminds Americans what herculean feats soldiers willingly undertook to fight for freedom. Texan Brad Kellum posted his thoughts of the day:
“90% of the soldiers on the first boats to hit the beach didn’t live to see the end of the day. Look at those faces. Some of them never made it to 18. Never voted. Never loved a woman or owned a home. They gave their lives fighting Hitler and the Nazis, so today’s kids can call everyone they don’t like Hitler and Nazis.”
Army Private First Class Delbert Shoemaker from the farmlands of Ohio was in the second wave to hit the beaches of Normandy. He was shot three times in the assault, but got patched up and continued the battle, going door to door, town to town, ferreting out the enemy. Shoemaker was one of the lucky ones. He came home and his accounting of history is still relayed generation to generation in his family.
It’s What Matters to The Greatest Generation
Trump walked to the 30 D-Day veterans assembled to thank them individually. They rose shakily, and precariously, to their feet to snap a salute to their president. Some clutched his sleeve making sure to greet him properly and respectfully. Their admiration was mutual, visceral, and sobering.
As Trump directed his comments to the veteran’s gallery, the eyes of the world watched as he solemnly declared: “You are among the very greatest Americans who will ever live. You’re the pride of our nation. You are the glory of our republic. And we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
And America breathed a deep sigh of remembrance and eternal gratitude.
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