He did not make it to the hallowed shores where the Longest day commenced in 2018, but he did in 2019, seventy-five years after ten thousand men stormed it. At roughly noon on June 6, President Donald Trump stood before survivors of the Second World War conflict, members of the Greatest Generation, and delivered a speech that stirred the hearts of those who heard it, without question.
“Today we remember those who fell and we honor all who fought right here in Normandy. They won back this ground for civilization,” Trump said.
“To more than one hundred and seventy veterans of the Second World War who join us today – you are among the very greatest Americans who will ever live,” he added. “You are the pride of our nation. You are the glory of our republic. And we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”…
“In defeating that evil, they left a legacy that will last forever,” Trump said, concluding the somber speech. “To the men who sit behind me, your example will never grow old. Your legend will never die. The blood that they spilled, the tears that they shed, the lives that they gave, the sacrifice that they made, did not just win a battle, it did not just win a war… they won the survival of our civilization.
President Trump was joined by the leaders of France in commemorating the sacrifices made to ensure the survival of civilization.
Macron, who spoke before Trump, told the audience: “Today France has not forgotten to those who we owe our right to freedom.”
Macron then switched to English, addressing the veterans in the audience: “We know what we owe to you veterans. Our freedom. On behalf of my nation, I just want to say, thank you.”
And now the speech that does actually rise to the level of soaring rhetoric expected of our leaders.