06.06.19

Senator Burr Honors the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day:

“Seventy-five years ago today, more than 150,000 Allied troops sat on ships and on airfields across England waiting anxiously. They were preparing to embark on an extraordinary campaign, to storm the beaches of Normandy with unprecedented force and to march across Europe against Nazi tyranny.  Early that morning, General Eisenhower addressed the young servicemen. ‘The eyes of the world are upon you,’ he told them. ‘The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.’

“These ordinary men did not set out to make history, but to fulfill their duty and return home. Many did not. But their unwavering commitment to victory secured freedom for millions, and serves as a reminder that liberty requires defending.

“Today, three-quarters of a century later, we honor the men and women who answered the call to service in World War II. May we never forget their sacrifice and may we remain forever humbled by the legacy of the Greatest Generation.”

D-Day Anniversary

In 2009, to honor the 65th Anniversary of D-Day, Senator Burr led a delegation of Senators to the official Memorial Day Ceremonies at the Normandy American Cemetery in France. Senator Burr recognized the nearly 10,000 American service members who gave their lives at Normandy, making possible the liberation of France and Europe during World War II.