Minutes before beginning the invasion of Normandy (known
as D-Day), every soldier received the following written message from
General Dwight Eisenhower:
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Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Forces: You
are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven
these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and
prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company
with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts you will
bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination
of Nazi tyranny over oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for
ourselves in a free world. Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy
is well trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of
1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great
defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously
reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the
ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in
weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves
of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world
are marching together to Victory!

I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in
battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon
this great and noble undertaking.

(Submitted by Compatriot John Platt, the Alexander Majors Chapter Registrar.)