President Ronald Reagan gave a famous speech in Normandy, commemorating the D-Day invasion, Operation OVERLORD – “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. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war.”
Reagan gave that talk on the 40th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1984. Less than eight months earlier, he had ordered Army Rangers and Paratroopers (along with units of Marines, Navy and Air Force) into an invasion of another hostile shore – the island of Grenada in Operation URGENT FURY. Jumping onto the airfield at Point Salines and storming ashore from ships and aboard helicopters, the Americans fought a sharp battle with Cubans and Grenadans over the course of a week. We will visit the actions at Salines, Grand Anse, St George, Forts Rupert and Frederick, the True Blue Campus, Callisle and more.
Beyond the 1983 invasion, the island of Grenada is famed for its natural beauty and south Caribbean culture and lifestyle. We will have plenty of opportunities to explore the pristine baches and sea, the quaint market towns, and enjoy the music and cuisine of the “Island of Spice.” We will also take in a match of the national sport in this English-speaking land – cricket.
40 years after Reagan lauded the Rangers of 40 years before, it is our turn to honor the Rangers and others he sent into a hot battle in the Cold War. Join us for an amazing island adventure!