Senator Lankford Commemorates 75th Anniversary of D-Day on Senate Floor
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WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today provided brief remarks on the Senate floor ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 2019. Lankford also spoke separately to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Senate passage of the 19th Amendment on this day in 1919.
I rise today to just remind the Senate of two anniversaries that are happening this week. This week is the 75th anniversary of the invasion in Normandy. It’s commonly known as D-Day. One hundred sixty thousand-plus individuals crossed the English Channel by aircraft, by boat. They moved in every way possible starting in the middle of the night and with a major invasion that was the largest naval invasion in the history of the world to be able to cross into France, what was the beginning of the end of Nazi Germany.
The loss of lives for Americans and for allied forces was catastrophic as they pushed in. But boys 18, 19, 20 years old got on aircraft, got on ships, launched out into the water, knowing that there was a tyrant on the other side and they had to be stopped. It is entirely appropriate for the nation to be able to pause to remember D-Day, to know that the freedom that we have right now was protected by a generation that stood for that freedom. And as the nation looks towards Normandy a couple of days from now, I think we should once again thank a greatest generation that guarded our freedom.