Message from a European to American servicemen past and present :
"lest we forget."
You may have the feeling that Europeans do not hold Americans in high regard. That especially now, when you are busy fighting terrorism, we leave you alone in the midst of battle.
But not everyone here in Europe thinks or feels like that.
Lots of people here stand together with you.
America has stood for what was right in the past and stands for what is right now.
Where freedom is challenged by evil, American brave men and women fight and die to secure that freedom for each of us.
I want to thank all American servicemen, the ones who fought for us in the past and the ones who are still fighting for our values, and our freedom.
By this I try to express my thanks for what you have done and given for my freedom. I have the greatest respect and appreciation for you.
You liberated us and gave us our countries back !!!!!!>>>>>
There are lots of people here in Europe who will never forget your sacrifices. Thank you for transmitting the same ideals of liberty, freedom and peace to your sons and daughters who keep defending the free world, our world.
We have not forgotten. You have not been forgotten. We are sending our gratitude for what you did down to our children and grandchildren. We will do this by teaching our children the price that was paid for their freedom. We will try to pass this feeling of gratitude to generations to come, for the people you liberated have not broken faith with you. We remember what you did and the price you paid.
I will help my children understand the enormity of the gift that they each have been given. I will teach my children to see the price that was paid for their freedom. That thousands of Americans died to assure that they, European children, are free. That those who died sacrificed
everything they held dear so that we could be free. The knowledge of how precious this gift is will help them understand that these men did not die in vain. That even if we don't remember or know the names of those who died for us we should hold sacred the cause for which they died.
American servicemen gave their lives with no expectation of anything in return. This gift of freedom was fought for and was given to me with no strings attached. I will tell my children that they gave their lives and their legacy lives inside me and my only responsibility now is that I protect it well so I can pass it down to my children and all future generations. That only if we live under the delusion that we are somehow entitled to freedom have we broken faith with those who died. I will tell them that we are living their legacy and we must not be oblivious to their sacrifice.
American Servicemen: Again....Thank you, I have the greatest respect and appreciation for you.
Rob A Dutch citizen
Roosevelt radio broadcasted prayer for D-day 1944:
Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor. Lead them straight and true; give them strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith... These men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. they fight to liberate... they yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the have of home. Some will never return. Embrace these, father, and receive them, thy heroic servants, into thy kingdom... And O'lord give us faith. Give us faith in thee; faith in our sons, faith in each other. they will be done Almight God Amen
Order of the day --General Eisenhower 1944:
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 hope and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. 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! 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 that full victory... Good luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of all mighty god upon this great and noble undertaking
Order of the day to fleet --Admiral Ramsay 1944:
The hopes and prayers of the free world and of the enslaved people of Europe will be with us and we cannot fail them.
I count on every man to do his utmost to ensure the success of this great enterprise...Good luck and God speed
A Prayer For American Troops
God, hold American troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect the world.
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts
they perform for us.
Although this page honors American servicemen. It is in no way meant to detract from nor ignore the other men, British, Canadians, Australians and many more who then helped liberate us and who are fighting now for our freedom and values . All of them, who served and died were and are our Heroes.