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National D-Day Memorial, Bedford, Va.
Waterfalls pour into the Reflecting Pool, while "The Wall" depicts U.S. Rangers climbing the bluffs of Pointe du Hoc in Normandy, France

"Fifty-three hundred ships and landing craft; 1,500 tanks; 12,000 airplanes. But in the end, it came down to this: scared and brave kids by the thousands who kept fighting, and kept climbing, and carried out General Eisenhower's order of the day — nothing short of complete victory.

"For us, nearly six decades later, the order of the day is gratitude. Today we give thanks for all that was gained on the beaches of Normandy. We remember what was lost, with respect, admiration and love. [ speech continued . . . ]

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596th Signal Support Co., 97th Signal Battalion
47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division
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