June 06, 2006

Not Just Omen Day

June 6, 2006 is also the 62nd anniversary of the invasion of Normandy, D-Day.

Yesterday was also the 2nd anniversary of the death of one of my heroes, President Ronald Reagan.

So it only seems fitting to quote him on this occasion.  From the President's speech on the 40th anniversary of the Normandy invasion:

We in America have learned bitter lessons from two world wars. It is better to be here ready to protect the peace, than to take blind shelter across the sea, rushing to respond only after freedom is lost. We've learned that isolationism never was and never will be an acceptable response to tyrannical governments with an expansionist intent. But we try always to be prepared for peace, prepared to deter aggression, prepared to negotiate the reduction of arms, and yes, prepared to reach out again in the spirit of reconciliation. In truth, there is no reconciliation we would welcome more than a reconciliation with the Soviet Union, so, together, we can lessen the risks of war, now and forever.

It's fitting to remember here the great losses also suffered by the Russian people during World War II. Twenty million perished, a terrible price that testifies to all the world the necessity of ending war. I tell you from my heart that we in the United States do not want war. We want to wipe from the face of the earth the terrible weapons that man now has in his hands. And I tell you, we are ready to seize that beachhead. We look for some sign from the Soviet Union that they are willing to move forward, that they share our desire and love for peace, and that they will give up the ways of conquest. There must be a changing there that will allow us to turn our hope into action.

We will pray forever that someday that changing will come. But for now, particularly today, it is good and fitting to renew our commitment to each other, to our freedom, and to the alliance that protects it.

Twenty-two years ago, and an entire world away. But the sentiment still holds true. We do not desire war, but we will use it to keep the despots of the world in check and bring liberty to their people.

Posted by caltechgirl at June 6, 2006 09:35 AM | TrackBack