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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 will 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 at Omaha Beach and the 9,387 of our dead who are buried at this cemetery.

Our gracious loving Father in Heaven, we ask for the blessing of your presence on this significant event that touches the lives of the families and citizens of the grateful nations here represented.  Magnify yourself this day as we pause to fittingly(in an appropriate manner)  remember those men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of France and the allied nations during the Second World War.

They numbered 135,000 and thousands of vessels. They formed two armies: one American, the other British and Canadian.  Some hours earlier Eisenhower had wished them: ‘Good luck!’ All were silent. What were those young soilders thinking of they stared at the thin black line of the coast emerging from the mist. What  were they thinking of? Of the old too brief lives? Of the way their mothers gently kiss their foreheads when they were children? Of the way their fathers held back for the tears when they left for the war? Of the tears that would be shared  on the land that  have been abused? What was those young soilders were thinking of, whose destiny it was to decide the fate of so many peoples? What were they thinking of if not that 20 years old is too young to die.

65 years ago in the thin light of a grey dawn,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 into history. As long as freedom lives, their deeds will never die. And now more than half a century on, it is an honor for me to speak  for the British people alongside friends, President Sarkozy, President Obama, Prime minister Harper and with His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. Each of us representing the peoples of our nations, as together we salute the brave fighting men of the lagrest amphibious oporation in the Annals of warfare. We remenber those who advanced grain of sand by grain of sand, utterly determined aimd the bullets and bloodshed that freedom would not be pushed back into the sea, but would rise from these beaches below  to liberate the continent and to save the generation.

Long after our time on this Earth has passed,  one world will still bring forth the pride
and awe of men and women 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 took place on the sands 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 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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