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"D-Day 1944: Eisenhower's Order of the Day"

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 January 2018

Last Updated 17 January 2018

 97 Days Until Race Day


For this week’s journal, I want to congratulate those who have decided to move forward with me on their action plans. Below is the transcript and recording (click here for video) of General Eisenhower’s order of the day to the Allied Forces calling for the execution of the D-Day Invasion 68 years ago this week. As you officially start Day 1 of your own “Hero’s Journey,” I want to remind you of the power and resiliency of the human spirit.  Just 3 things to tell you at this point.  Work the plan.  Fight like hell.  And most importantly, never quit!  

Good luck...




Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force:


“You are about to embark on the great crusade toward which we striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere are with you.


In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine: The elimination of Nazi tyranny over an oppressed people of Europe and security for ourselves in a free world. Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped, and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.


But this is the year 1944. Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940 - 41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home front has given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war and placed at our disposal great reserves of fighting men.


The tide has turned. The free men of the world are marching together in victory. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory.


Good luck!   And let us all besiege the blessing of almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”


General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces

To listen to General Eisenhower and watch video, click here


God Bless,





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Letters From Your Father – My Greatest Hope


Chappy: “May Day… May Day…”
Doug: “Chappy, where are you?”

Chappy: “Just put in that tape, that’s an order!”
Doug: “Chappy, where are you?!! I want to help you!”

Chappy: “Climb high like I told you! (Pause) Doug, I ain’t going to make it…” (Crash)
Doug: Chappy!!


From the movie “Iron Eagle” with Louis Gosset Jr.

To watch video, click here


Dear Girls:

First thank you for taking the time to read this. There is so much I want to tell you but first let me explain what this is all about.


From my time in the military, I learned the value of always making it clear where you stand on important issues. If asked an opinion, you state it by identifying the issue and making a recommendation. When you see an injustice being done, you step in to make it a level playing field even if you don’t know the person. If you realize you did something wrong, you immediately apologize and make good for it. And if anything needs to be said, even if unpopular or uncomfortable, it’s your obligation to say it in a way that is both honest and supportive. This is especially true with your family.


Starting this year, I am going to begin writing messages directly to the three of you (Elizabeth, Lauren, and Julia) because I want you to have a place to go for advice long after I am gone. Many service members do this just to make sure that if they have to leave this earth sooner than they like, those left behind have something to go by.


Here’s the good news: As I write, there is nothing wrong with me. I’m just very proactive. I’m healthy, have good habits, and have no plans to do anything reckless. However, if something unexpected were to happen, my greatest hope is that all of the life lessons you will ever need from me will be right here in one place. Until that day, I will not stop writing.


So, where do I begin? And why should you even trust anything I have to write? With those two questions in mind, I have decided to title my 2012 Journals “Decision Points.” These are quick stories I will share with you that outline some of the key moments that shape how I see the world. It gives you a perspective about the lens I see life through when I make decisions and give advice. Some of the stories are going to make you laugh and some maybe a little rough to read. But I promise you this. Each one will be filled with lessons that will make you think. And, thanks to you, all of the stories combined lead to a very happy ending.


More to follow next week… Will write more soon.


With Love,




This Week in Training:

For this first week, my primary goal is complete all of my workouts and document how I feel especially with my knees and hips.  Stretching each night before going to bed is essential.  Sometimes my other committments (family/work) will not allow me to do the full workout at once, so I have to break it up during the course of the day.  Given my full life, I have accepted this as part of the routine and will not get frustrated when I run out of time.  Most important thing is to stay healthy and keep all in balance.  With that in mind here is my plan for the week:

Monday: Swim 5-10 x 100m; Strength Training for Legs/Hips
Tuesday: Brick Workout – Bike 60 min, Run 45 min
Wednesday: Swim 5 x 300m; Bike 90min
Thursday:  Swim 10 x 40m; 300 Workout  
Friday: Bike 2 hours
Saturday: Rockland Lake "Annual Fun Run" Race with Girls
: Run 60 min