The Great Communicator, Vol 1: The Reagan Presidency 1981-1989
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June 6, 1984, Pointe du Hoc, France, Ronald Reagan Remarks at a United States-France Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, D-day. Archival footage of Allied soldiers landing and storming on Normandy coast; MSs Reagan standing before memorial honoring the rangers who braved the sheer cliffs behind him; MS of the surviving rangers sitting, listening to Reagan talk. We stand on a lonely wind swept point on the northern shore of France but forty years ago at this moment, the air was dense with smoke, the cries of men, and the air was filled with the crack of rifle fire and the roar of canon. At dawn on the morning of the 6th of June 1944, 225 rangers jumped off the British landing craft at the bottom of these cliffs. Their mission was one of the most difficult and daring of the invasion. To climb these sheer and desolate cliffs and take out the enemy guns. Soon one by one the Rangers pulled themselves over the top and in seizing the firm land at the top of these cliffs they began to seize back the continent of Europe. 225 came here, after two days of fighting only 90 still could bear arms. Behind me is a memorial that symbolizes the Rangers daggers that were trust into the top of the cliffs. Before me are the men who put them there. As the President continues giving his speech to the Rangers, His own VO takes over. President Regan s VO - 62 of the Rangers who scaled the cliffs there at Pointe du Hoc now back 40 years later at the scene of their heroic action. These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. (President Regan s VO It was a very moving experience. They were what General Marshall called Our Secret Weapon The Best Dam Kids In The World .