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National D-Day Memorial, Bedford, Va.
President George W. Bush, right, is escorted by Bob Slaughter, left, chairman of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, as Bush readies to give the dedicatory speech at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va.

"When I go to Europe next week, I will reaffirm the ties that bind our nations in a common destiny. These are the ties of friendship and hard experiences. They have seen our nations through a World War and a Cold War. Our shared values and experiences must guide us now in our continued partnership, and in leading the peaceful democratic revolution that continues to this day.

"We have learned that when there is conflict in Europe, America is affected, and cannot stand by. We have learned, as well, in the years since the war that America gains when Europe is united and peaceful. [ speech continued . . . ]

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47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division
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