June 6,1944


Never forget the brave boys (And they were just
boys, mostly under 20 years of age) who died on
this date.

"Soldiers, sailors, and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Forces:
You 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 hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere are with you ...
I have full confidence in your courage,  devotion to duty and skill in battle.
We will accept nothing less than full victory!"
General Dwight David Eisenhower.
               June 6, 1944.  D-Day


The First Communique

This terse teletype message was sent from
Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces (SHAEF)
The Office Of War Information
Washington, DC
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.


Visit these D-Day Websites

National D-Day Museum, New Orleans

National D-Day Memorial, Bedford. Va.

(Bedford,Va. lost 21 of its young men on D-Day,
the highest per capita loss on any U.S. community,
making it a fitting location for the final tribute.)

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