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June 6, 2018 – 74th Anniversary of D-Day

It is with a deep sense of reverence that I commemorate with you the 74th Anniversary of D-Day.

On this solemn occasion, we pay homage to the victims and express solidarity with the survivors and their descendants. 

During World War II (1939-1945), the Battle of Normandy lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulting in the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France.

More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircrafts supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow progress across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s troops.

This is a day we solemnly acknowledge as we work toward a more just and tolerant future for all mankind.