House unanimously adopts Kortz resolution commemorating 74th anniversary of D-Day

HARRISBURG, June 6 – The House today unanimously adopted a resolution commemorating the 74th anniversary of D-Day, according to the resolution’s sponsor, state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny.

“More than 160,000 U.S. and allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy on that day in 1944,” Kortz said. “It was the crucial turning point in World War II because on that day, America and her allies started the campaign that was the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany.

“D-Day represented so much for our nation. It showed us the power of our strength and resolve as Americans. Perhaps most importantly, the victory reassured us that the nearly 10,000 lives lost were not lost in vain. The “greatest generation” answered the call and rose up to scale the Normandy beaches and cliffs that day en route to defeat the Axis powers who were focused on world domination.

“My father, while not part of the Normandy invasion, fought in the European theater during World War II, and I am forever grateful for his service and all the soldiers who sacrificed so much to win this terrible war.

“I want to thank my colleagues for unanimously adopting this resolution so that we can keep alive the memory of those who began the campaign to liberate the world that day.”