You know, I am just overwhelmed. This is a very good day.
(Applause.) And I want to thank all of you, especially the people on this
stage, but each and every one of you who have been working so hard on this,
members of my staff who worked so hard on this. I couldn’t be prouder.
Sixty-six years ago, in the dense, snow-covered forests of
Western Europe, Allied Forces were beating back a massive assault in what would
become known as the Battle of the Bulge. And in the final days of fighting, a
regiment in the 80th Division of Patton’s Third Army came under fire. The men
were traveling along a narrow trail. They were exposed and they were
vulnerable. Hundreds of soldiers were cut down by the enemy.
And during the firefight, a private named Lloyd Corwin
tumbled 40 feet down the deep side of a ravine. And dazed and trapped, he was
as good as dead. But one soldier, a friend, turned back. And with shells
landing around him, amid smoke and chaos and the screams of wounded men, this
soldier, this friend, scaled down the icy slope, risking his own life to bring
Private Corwin to safer ground.