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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 the D-Day landings that took place in the early morning hours of 6th June, 1944. Today’s ceremony we’ll honor the soldiers, sailors and airmen who made the supreme sacrifice so that Europe might be liberated. Included among those so honored are the 3,881 who lost their lives on D-Day on Omaha beach and 9,387 of our dead who are buried at this cemetery.

Our bravest loving father Harper, we act for the blessing of your presents, on this significant event that touching the minds of families and citizens are the grateful nations here represented, magnify yourself these day as we posed to *remember these men and women who made noble sacrifice for the freedom of us and the allied nations during the WWⅡ.

They numbered 135,000 on thousands of us, they formed two armies, one American, the other British and Canadian. Some few hours earlier, Eisenhower had wished them “Good luck! ” All were silent. What these young soldiers thinking of, their stared the thin black line of the coast emerging from the mist? What were their thinking? With their all too brief life? With the way their mothers tenderly kissed their foreheads when they were children? Of the way their fathers hold back the tears when they left for the war? The tears that will be shed on the land that has been abused? What were those young soldiers thinking of, their destiny, after all, will define the fate of so many peoples. What were they thinking of? If not that, 20 years old it is too young to die?

65 years ago, in the same light of a great down, more than a thousand small craft took to a rough sea, on the day that will be forever: a day of bravery. On that June morning, the young of our nations stepped out onto these beaches below and entered history. As long as freedom lives, then this will never die. And now more than half a century on, it’s an honor for me to speak for the British people, alongside friends President Sarkozy, President Obama, Prime Minister Harper and with his Highness Prince of Wales. Each of us representing the peoples of our nations, and together we salute the brave fighting men of the largest amphibious operation in the annals of warfare. We remember those who advanced grain of sand by grain of sand, utterly determined amid the bullets and the bloodshed that freedom would not be pushed back into the sea but would rise from these beaches below to liberate a continent and save a generation.

And long after our time on this Earth has passed, one word will still bring forth the pride and awe of men and women who will never meet the heroes who sit before us: D-Day. Why is this? Of all the battles in all the wars across the span of human history, why does this day hold such a revered place in our memory?  What is it about the struggle that took place on the sands a few short steps from here that brings us back to remember year after year after year? Part of it, I think, is the size of the odds that weighed against success.  For three centuries, no invader 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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