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COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France – Senator Maggie Hassan today joined a bipartisan Senate delegation to Normandy, France, for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion by Allied forces during World War II. The 17-senator delegation joined President Donald J. Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron at an official ceremony at the American Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer to mark the milestone.
Senator Hassan and the bipartisan group of Senators met with World War II veterans from the United States who made the trip for the special occasion.
On June 6, 1944, with American and Allied paratroopers positioned behind enemy lines, Allied forces waded through waist-deep waters amid hailing enemy gunfire to storm the beaches of Normandy, France, in an invasion called Operation Neptune, or “D-Day” as it is commonly referred to today. It was a joint naval, air, and land assault marking the start of Allied forces’ campaign to liberate Nazi-occupied Europe. More than 6,000 Americans died that day, but their sacrifice and heroism marked the beginning of the end of World War II.
“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to join a bipartisan group of my colleagues in honoring the American and Allied Forces that courageously stormed the beaches of Normandy 75 years ago today,” said Senator Hassan. “There are few more powerful reminders of the loss of war – as well as the bravery and sacrifices of our armed forces – than what transpired on D-Day. I am profoundly grateful to all who served that day, and in all the days before and since, so that the rest of us could live in peace, prosperity, and freedom.”
The D-Day 75th anniversary ceremony was attended by more than 150 veterans as well as U.S. elected officials, U.S. armed service members, dignitaries from our allied partners in the French government, and other participants.