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Saturday, June 06, 2009

Commemorating the 65th Anniversary of D-Day

Eisenhower Paratroopers D Day
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Rep. John Boozman (R-AR): Our men and women in uniform protect the liberties and freedoms our nation was founded on throughout the world each day. To honor these service members, we must preserve their legacy and reflect on their sacrifices. That is why I am honored to have had the privilege to lead congressional efforts recognizing the 65th Anniversary of the beach invasion of Normandy, France. Known across the world as D-Day, Allied Forces launched the single largest amphibious assault in history on June 6, 1944.

The goal of the assault was clear and enunciated by the then General Dwight Eisenhower, “You will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.”

There could not have been a more accurate prediction, but it did come at a cost. There were an estimated 10,000 allied casualties, an estimated 6,000 of those being U.S. service members. The troops who died fighting on the beaches of Normandy gave their lives for a noble cause, much like those who were lost in the conflicts before and after them. They gave their lives to protect America and European allies from the aggression of imperialist nations, fascist regimes and genocidal injustice. In doing so, each of them has made the world a better place.

The Battle of Normandy was the turning point in World War II. Less than a year later the Nazi regime was dismantled and forced to surrender. The beaches of Normandy that thousands of brave, selfless young men stormed on June 6, 1944 have since become a reminder of the battle, their great accomplishment, and the ultimate sacrifice that was made by so many Americans. Their bravery will forever be remembered.

It is unnerving to imagine what the world might have been if not for the bravery, skill, and selfless determination to preserve the universal human right of freedom. We must pause and thank those service members on this 65th Anniversary of their great endeavor for all of the sacrifices made by them and their entire generation to secure victory and peace for all freedom loving people of the world. Let us never take their gift for granted, but work to preserve and advance the ideals for which they fought and that have made our nation the greatest in the world.
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U.S. Representative John Boozman (R-AR) introduced H. Res. 259a House Resolution honoring the 65th Anniversary of D-Day. The House Resolution expresses gratitude and appreciation to the members of the U.S. Armed Forces who participated in the D-Day operations. The Resolution passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous A. Alexander said...

To me it would be unconscionable for anyone to forget D-Day and what it meant to the whole world. My best friends brother died on Normandy Beach and in my mind then and now when I heard that I could picture him there , his lanky length sprawled on the bloodied sand and others as well ,they were alone as the living troops had moved on,,the Atlantic sent gentler waves and the bodies moved a bit with each He was young and had hoped to be a Latin Scholar ...even after all these years I feel the pain of that loss and all those who were with him. That this day is ever forgotten or diminished in way then we are traitors to what they gave.

A.Alexander

6/07/2009  

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