Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet, you risked everything here. Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. . . .
Roll call for all of our Vets and active service folks below, please. I know we have several, and we want to honor those who are impelled to risk and sacrifice for the benefit of the rest of us.