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 tha...
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..., March 1). Peggynoonan.com. Retrieved March 10, 2014, from Peggy Noonan Biography: http://www.peggynoonan.com/biographyc/
4. Noonan, P. (1984, June 6). Remarks at a United States-France Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, D-Day, June 6, 1984 . Retrieved March 24, 2014, from The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library: http://www.reaganfoundation.org/tgcdetail.aspx?args_a=cms&args_b=1&argsb=N&h1=0&h2=0&lm=reagan&p=TG0923RRS&sw=&tx=1742
5. Reagan, R. (1984, June 6). Normandy Speech: Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, D-day at Point-du-Hoc. Retrieved March 9, 2014, from youtube.com: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEIqdcHbc8I&list=FLF2f9pm57gBaWPqzY_jRIoQ&index=50
6. Reagan, R. (1984, June 6). Youtube.com. Retrieved March 19, 2014, from youtube.com: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgDZdFQY3iM
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