Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!
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. . . .
I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!
Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.
SIGNED: Dwight D. Eisenhower
June 6, 1944 American, British and Canadian troops landed on the beaches of France. Earlier, in the middle of the night, thousands of Allied paratroopers dropped into the area in front of the beaches. It was a GREAT CRUSADE. American blood and American material were being expended to free Europe from itself. No territory was going to be annexed, no gold was going to be looted, no colonial Europe was going to be established. America was expending its precious blood for the freedom of all people. It was the GREAT CRUSADE against evil and for freedom.
Today is the anniversary of the greatest seaborne invasion in history. The final thrust of the GREAT CRUSADE. We must all remember our forefather's sacrifice and devotion for the crusade. FREEDOM, with all the God-given liberties bestowed upon us as Americans, is worth great effort and sacrifice. May we have the same level of devotion for the crusades that we will face.