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Analytical Report: Ronald Reagan On The 40th Anniversary Of D Day Pointe Du Hoc, France June 6, 1984

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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. ...view middle of the document...

” 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 to grab the attention of the audience.
The first two sentences of the second paragraph bring an image to the audience’s mind with a description of the setting with straightforward language: “We stand on a lonely, windswept point on the northern shore of France. The air is soft, but forty years ago at this moment, the air was dense with smoke and the cries of men, and the air was filled with the crack of rifle fire and the roar of cannon.” The first sentence actually refers to the site the speech was delivered at, Pointe du Hoc, France. The paragraph further goes on to explain to the audience what the mission of the Army Rangers was, why they had to climb those cliffs, and why those guns at the top had to be destroyed.
At Pointe du Hoc, President Reagan spoke to a crowd of World War II veterans, veterans of the Battle of Pointe du Hoc, as well as a few world leaders such as President Francois Mitterrand of France in a ceremony to assign a memorial commemorating the battle fought there. The memorial did not only serve as a memorial of the battle, but to honor the servicemen who served during the Great War, both to the living and to dead. The day June 6, 1984 is momentous because it marked the fortieth anniversary of the beginning of the end of the war.
With tears forming in the eyes of the World War II veterans that attended the ceremony at Pointe du Hoc, with the memorial...

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