Memorial Day: “The Boys of Pointe du Hoc”

**Posted by Phineas

At commemoration ceremonies for the 40th anniversary of the D-Day landings, President Reagan focused his speech on the heroes (1) of the 2nd Ranger Battalion who scaled the sheer cliffs of Pointe du Hoc to take out German artillery that threatened the landings at Omaha and Utah beaches.

It was arguably one of Reagan’s finest speeches, one well-worth watching again this Memorial Day:

(1) Yes, Chris Hayes, “heroes.” Try using a dictionary, since you evidently don’t know the meaning of the word. More at Twitchy.

Photo credit: American Battle Monuments Commission.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

#MemorialDay: Two defining images you should never forget

After seeing these two images on Twitter yesterday, I figured the old saying “A picture is worth 1,000 words” most definitely applied, although with these two in particular many of us could go on a lot longer than 1,000 words.

First one via @NikkiBama:

Memorial Day

Never forget the fallen.

Second via @Neal_Dewing:

Memorial Day

There are no words.

Please take the time today to remember in your thoughts and prayers those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and also those who loved them and who still grieve for them. The military, their families, and their combined sacrifices are the reasons we get to enjoy the freedoms we do every day. Which is why we should never forget what they’ve given up. And not just today, but every day. **==