Kelley: Brigadier General Casey Brower was a young man when President Ronald Reagan gave this speech to mark the 40th anniversary of the D-Day invasions.
Clip: “Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet you risked everything here.”
Kelley: Brower, who was President Reagan’s military aid, remembers that day well. He was moved even then by the aging veterans in attendance.
Brower: “You would see these veterans, and you couldn’t really pick them out necessarily, except for the fact that they had a windbreaker or they had medals or a baseball cap, and the spring wasn’t in their step that was there when they went from Normandy to the __, but when they were young, they were the soldiers of democracy.”
Kelley: Brower worries that we’re los...
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