A Look Back at Eisenhower’s Order of the Day

On Veteran’s Day, the law firm of McCullers, Whitaker & Hamer, PLLC, would like to thank all those who have served.  Veteran’s Day is great day for reflection on the sacrifices that Veteran’s have made to preserve our way of life.  I often reflect on the correspondence President Eisenhower delivered to those servicemen preparing to embark on one of the most famous military campaigns of all time . . . the storming of Normandy.

The link below will take you to an archive of many of President Eisenhower’s letters and other presidential writings.  As we celebrate the unbelievable courage of those brave souls who led the charge on June 6, 1944, it is amazing to read some of the primary documents tied to this legendary offensive.

This link will take you to President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Order of the Day.  The text follows, but the plain text transcribed to this blog is not nearly as imposing and awesome as the actual, original document.

“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.  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 the Nazi tyranny over the 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 savagely.

But this is the year 1944!  Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-1941.  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.

Signed, Dwight D. Eisenhower”

-JMW