Before I get to the analysis portion of this assignment, the speech I have decided to go with is former President Ronald Reagan’s speech on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day that was delivered at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy, France, on June 6, 1984. This is the speech I wanted to use for my analytical paper because I have always been extremely interested in World War II and anything affiliated with it. Also, I actually had two grandfathers that served in the Philippines fighting alongside American soldiers as guerilla fighters against the Japanese invaders during the war. President Reagan was the one who presented the speech, but to my slight disappointment, he did not actually prepare it himself. The speech was actually written by Peggy Noonan, the primary speechwriter and special assistant to President Reagan. After reading and watching footage of the speech, I found it to be a great collaboration between the speaker and the writer.
President Reagan’s 40th Anniversary of D-Day speech was given exactly forty years after D-Day, the Normandy beach landings that took place on June 6, 1944 in Normandy, France. More specifically, he delivered the speech at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy, France where United States Army Rangers scaled the cliffs to take out German artillery emplacements that were raining shells on Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno, and Sword beach where other Allied forces were landing. Despite the German artillery not being there once they got to the top, the guns replaced by telephone poles disguised to look like mentioned artillery from aerial surveillance, the Rangers fought their way inland until they found then destroyed the guns.
The very first sentence goes right into the speech with no holding back and it lays out the thesis that no one can argue to deny. The thesis in the speech being- We owe these men much more than we can ever repay: “We are here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty.” Afterwards, the speech went on to summarize the situation of the war up to the point of the original Normandy landings: “For four long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation. Europe was enslaved, and the world prayed for its rescue.”
In this instance, Peggy Noonan, the author of the speech, used parallelism as she described the terrible circumstances of the war’s victims and to the Allied forces. This allowed for the next sentence to really stand out. “Here, in Normandy, the rescue began. Here, the Allies stood and fought against tyranny, in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.” It seemed that Mrs. Noonan and President Reagan were declaring that the veterans that were in front of them are heroes, to which I completely agree. They were the ones that helped paved the way into France and ensured the complete and total victory for the Allied forces. I found this being a great way...