forget the brave boys (And they were just
mostly under 20 years of age) who died on
sailors, and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Forces:
are about to embark on a Great Crusade toward which we have striven these
many months. The eyes of the world are upon you.
The First Communique
This terse teletype message was sent from
Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary
The Office Of War Information
For release to the public.
This was the original message.
It was no sooner sent than the typo in the
last line was noted and a corrected copy was sent to Washington.
Lewis Birt was in SHAEF Headquarters when
the message was sent. He salvaged
the copy containing the typo and kept it as
a memento of the occasion.
We are grateful to Cliff Birt for permission
to display this document.
these D-Day Websites
D-Day Museum, New Orleans
D-Day Memorial, Bedford. Va.
lost 21 of its young men on D-Day,
per capita loss on any U.S. community,
making it a
fitting location for the final tribute.)