THE BOYS OF POINTE DU HOC
The Rangers looked up and saw the enemy soldiers — the edge of the cliffs shooting down at them with machine guns and throwing grenades. And the American Rangers began to climb…When one Ranger fell, another would take his place…They climbed, shot back, and held their footing. Soon, one by one, the Rangers pulled themselves over the top, and in seizing the firm land at the top of these cliffs, they began to seize back the continent of Europe. Two hundred and twenty-five came here. After 2 days of fighting, only 90 could still bear arms.
Behind me is a memorial that symbolizes the Ranger daggers that were thrust into the top of these cliffs. And before me are the men who put them there.
These are the Boys of Pointe du Hoc.
So said President Ronald Reagan on June 6, 1984, at the memorial of Pointe du Hoc – site of the 100-foot cliffs overlooking the vast sea between England and France where the U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion was tasked with a seemingly impossible feat: to climb those steep, jagged cliffs and disable a German battery aimed at Utah Beach, all while German forces were firing down on them.
About D-Day 70 Concerts
2014 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Allied Invasion and Liberation of France from Nazi Germany during World War II. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the greatest military invasion in known history commenced on the northwestern shores of France, marking the beginning of the end of Adolf Hitler’s tyrannical regime.
Music Celebrations International is pleased to present D-Day 70 Concerts, the formal production of musical performances to take place throughout 2014 in France and Washington, D.C. to memorialize this solemn anniversary, and to celebrate the many freedoms enjoyed by the world today – thanks to the men and women who served, fought and gave their lives during this pivotal moment in human history.
Music Celebrations is pleased to have the support of the American Veterans Center and recognition from local officials in Normandy and Paris. In addition to producing hundreds of concerts for music ensembles, several large scale musical productions will take place on D-Day and throughout the year.
AMERICAN CELEBRATION OF MUSIC IN FRANCE
The American Celebration of Music is a special annual performance-tour program, co-sponsored by local governments, music associations, community organizations, and tourist boards around the globe.
In 2014, this unique concert series will be part of the 70th Anniversary Commemorations of D-Day: The Battle of Normandy and the Liberation of France. Choirs that are invited will be recognized in France for their participation in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
There are many historically important landmarks in Paris and Normandy where choirs will be able to pay musical tribute to the thousands of Americans who never returned to America, having given their all for the present freedom of Europe and our country. A short list includes:
Follow this link, or click on the image below, to learn how your choir may participate.
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