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Reagan’s birthday

As has been mentioned that today is President Reagan’s birthday. I wish this fine man all that is good and all that he merits, and they may be one and the same. I also want to thank his tremendous wife. She has always stood by him, does so now, and will until the end. May the Good Lord shed His many blessings on them both. I have always loved his

Pointe du Hoc speech. You will be grateful and you will weep.

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Thanks very much, Peter, for posting this speech. I began to weep when Reagan reminded us that strong men prayed in those days without apology and with feeling. I passed it on to several people on my address list.
Reagan was always very good at telling stories, and this is a particularly poignant one, emphasizing the contribution of the Rangers to the D-Day invasion. They know that freedom is not free.

While I will not necessarily equate the quality of the following speeches, Pericles’ Funeral Oration, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and Reagan’s speech are wonderful "funeral orations" that simply must be read again and again as a expression of founding principles and honor for the courage of those who "gave the last full measure of devotion" to the cause of freedom (everywhere).

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