73rd Anniversary of D-Day


WHEREAS, on June 6, 1944, the soldiers, sailors, and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force invaded Normandy in Northern France; and

WHEREAS, Operation Overlord, the invasion of "Fortress Europe," included 130,000 American and Allied troops onto beaches designated as Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword; and

WHEREAS, soldiers from the Commonwealth were among the first wave of troops to battle their way to shore on D-Day, suffering massive casualties to help ensure the success of the Allied Invasion; and

WHEREAS, the success of D-Day allowed America and our allies to secure a beachhead in France and liberate a continent from armed oppression; and 

WHEREAS, the Allied Expeditionary Force’s actions on the beaches of Normandy will always be remembered as one of the finest hours in the history of the U.S. Army and the National Guard; and

WHEREAS, by remembering the heroic actions of our Armed Forces at Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword beaches in 1944, we honor a generation who served this country and preserved liberty for people everywhere; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is the proud home of more than 15,700 living World War II veterans;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize June 6, 2017, as the 73rd ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.