Ronald Reagan died 10 years ago today. Some thought he was a great President, others had the opposite view. But almost everyone agrees — whatever you thought of his politics, the man could deliver a great speech.
Two of Reagan’s finest speeches were given on the same day: June 6, 1984, as the President, many surviving soldiers, and a host of others commemorated the 40th anniversary of D-Day. Many people remember the terrific speech about the boys of Pointe du Hoc, the Rangers who scaled the sheer cliffs of Normandy to begin the process of liberating the European continent. Fewer are aware of the equally moving speech Reagan gave later that day, about one daughter’s promise to a father who survived D-Day but was unable to return to the battlefields to place flowers at the graves of his fallen comrades.
The Wall Street Journal has republished both speeches here, to mark the anniversary of Reagan’s death. At a time when we seem in search of heroes, they are worth a read.