Pelosi Statement on 70th Anniversary of D-Day Landings

Jun 6, 2014
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

Coleville-sur-Mer, Normandy – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France.  House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon and Pelosi are leading a bipartisan Congressional Delegation to mark the anniversary and today attended a binational ceremony at the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach attended by D-Day veterans and their families at which President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande spoke.

“On June 6, 1944, more than 150,000 troops headed across the English Channel to seize a fragile beachhead from which the Allies could drive Hitler’s armies back into Germany.  They jumped from planes, glided into fields, and charged up beaches under long odds and withering fire.  They fought for democracy, they fought for freedom, they fought for loved ones and liberation, and they fought that the world might once more know peace.

“Seven decades later, we are still humbled and awed by the audacity, the bravery and the sacrifice of the D-Day landings.  Neither our nation, nor any nation that cherishes the blessings of liberty fought for, bled for and died for on D-Day can ever forget its memory.

“It was an honor to join President Obama in paying tribute to all those who headed into Normandy, and all those who never came home.  On this anniversary, let us remember the veterans of our Greatest Generation, and the greatness of our veterans in every generation since.  Let us recommit ourselves to their service, and let us continue to build a future worthy of their sacrifice.”

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