D-DAY ON OUR MINDS
Even 24,471 days later, D-Day remains a strong presence in the American mindset. Monday is the 67th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, and will be marked by a dozen U.S. lawmakers and 40 World War II veterans who gather at Cricqueville-en-Bessin, France, to rededicate the Pointe du Hoc Ranger Monument.
The monument honors the 230 U.S. Army Rangers from the Army’s 2nd Ranger Batallion, who were sent by Gen. Omar Bradley to scale the 100-foot chalk cliffs above Omaha Beach and destroy German fortifications.
Beset by erosion, the once crumbling monument - which stands atop a German observation bunker and draws a half-million visitors a year - was preserved in a $4.8 million American Battle Monuments Commission rehabilitation project.
“The 155mm guns at Pointe du Hoc could have devastated the American landing beaches on D-Day had the Rangers not been successful. We couldn’t allow this historic site and the courage and sacrifice it represents to be lost to future generations,” says Max Cleland, secretary of the commission, a federal agency.
In addition, Rep. Bill Johnson has introduced legislation that would require the Interior Department to place a plaque at the World War II Memorial on the Mall inscribed with a prayer, offered on radio by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as U.S. troops were storming the beaches in the largest amphibious invasion in world history. The Ohio Republican’s bill has won support from the American Legion.
The prayer begins, “Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity. Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.” Hear the original Roosevelt recording at the Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum website (www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu), found under digitized collections, audio-video clips.
At 464 pages, a hefty new book from Glenn Beck: “The Original Argument: The Federalists’ Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century.” Adapted? The Fox News host has “reworked” essays by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay into “modern” English, his publisher Simon & Schuster says, “to be thoroughly accessible to anyone seeking a better understanding of the Founding Fathers’ intent and meaning when laying the groundwork of our government.”
HOT ON FOX
Media Research Center analyst Dan Gainor has a grand finale for his four-part analysis of the “George Soros-funded echo chamber,” which has revealed the real scope of the billionaire’s influence on the liberal, progressive press - particularly Mr.. Soros’ “deep-seated, anti-Fox news agenda.”
According to Mr. Gainor, nearly 30 media and press organizations affiliated with Mr.. Soros have attacked Fox News in the past six months. A few examples: Think Progress, the “heavily Soros-funded blog” at the Center for American Progress, slammed Fox 30 times. AlterNet, “an especially unhinged liberal outlet,” went after the network at least 18 times in that time period.
“The most amazing thing we’ve learned through our Soros investigation is how closely connected Soros is to media. Journalists from over 30 mainstream outlets are on boards of Soros-funded organizations - journalists like Christiane Amanpour of ABC or Jill Abramson, the new executive editor of the New York Times,” Mr.. Gainor tells Inside the Beltway.
“Even further, he funds everything from journalism education to investigative reporting to the news ombudsmen association. But since he supports lefty causes, no one in the news media seems to care,” Mr.. Gainor says.