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[英伦广角] 【整理】2009-06-07 政要云集 纪念诺曼底登陆65周年 (法国总统的求confirmation)

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Today, we commemorate the 65th anniversary of theD-Day landings that took place in the earlymorning hours of 6th, June, 1944. Today’s s ceremonies will honorthe soldiers, sailors and airmen who made the supremesacrifice so that Europe might be liberated. Including among those sohonored are the 3,881 who lost their lives on D-Day atOmaha beach andthe 9,387 of our dead who are buried in this cemetery

Our gracious loving Father in Heaven, we ask for the blessing of your presence on this significant event that touches thelives of the families and citizens of the gratefulnations here represented. Magnify yourself thisday as we pause to fittinglyremember those men and women who paid theultimate sacrifice for the freedom of France andthe allied nations during the Second World War.

They numbered135,000 and thousands of vessels. They formed 2 armies: One American, the other British andCanadian. Some hours earlier, Eisenhower had whishedthem Good luck!” Allwere silent. What were those young soldiers thinking of asthey stared at the thin black line of the coastemerging from the mist. _________________________________________________________.

65 years ago,in the thin night of greydawn, more than 1,000 small crafts took to a rough sea onthe day that will be forever a day of bravery. Onthat June morning, the young of our nations stepped out onto these beachesbelow and into history. And as long as lives, their deeds will never die. And now more than half acentury on, it is an honor for me to speak for the British people alongside friends President _____, President Obama, Prime Minister _____ and with his RoyalHighness the Prince Wales. Each of us representing the peoples of ournations, as together we salutethe brave fighting men of the largest amphibiousoperation in the annals of warfare. We remember thosewho advanced grain of sand by grain of sand, utterlydetermined amid the bullets and bloodshed that freedom will not be pushed back intothe sea but would rise from the beaches below to liberate the continent and tosave the generation.

Long after ourtime on this Earth has passed, one word will still bring forth,the pride and awe of men and women will never meetthe heroes who sit before us: D-Day. Why isthis? Of all battles in all the wars across the span of human history, why does this day hold sucha revered place in our memory? What is it aboutthe struggles that took place on the sands few steps from here that brings usback to remember year after year after year. Part of it, I think, isthe size of the odds thatweighed against success. For 3 centuries,no invaders had ever been able to cross the English Channel into Normandy, and it had never been more difficult than in 1944.
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