D-Day anniversary: Honoring our heroes 75 years after Normandy
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day, when allied troops crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches at Normandy, France, initiating the storied and stunningly successful effort of the Western allies to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi Germany. The attack was timed precisely to maximize the moonlight and reach the beach when the tide was neither too low nor too high.
The Allied nations landed more than 130,000 troops on five beaches spread across a 50-mile stretch of French coastline. Nearly 3,000 Americans were killed or wounded on Omaha Beach, most of them in the first few, early-morning hours of the attack.
Despite the heavy losses, Western forces were able to push inland through the ravines toward Colleville-sure-Mer, where the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is now located. By brilliantly coordinating their forces in the air, at sea and on land, the Allies secured a foothold in France and ultimately won the race to build up forces at the front.
The result was an overwhelming victory for the West, for liberty and for democracy, and a catastrophic defeat for Nazi Germany and the evils it stood for, including antisemitism, racism and violence.
Yesterday, we honored D-Day survivors, all in their 90s, on the Floor of the House.
Today, we honor their heroism and sacrifice and that of all World War II Allied soldiers in the United States and worldwide, and we celebrate the abundant freedoms these men assured that we would still have today.
Please join me in saluting their sacrifice and in vowing to do our own part in continuing to uphold – here in the commonwealth and nationwide – the democratic principles they fought and died for on Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Gold Beach, Juno Beach and Sword Beach 75 years ago today.
Pennsylvania State Representative
Serving Cheltenham Township, Springfield Township and Jenkintown Borough