June 9, 2019
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a bipartisan Congressional Delegation concluded a visit to France to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
“It is an appropriate tribute that the largest Congressional delegation ever was to mark the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings by Allied forces,” said Speaker Pelosi. “This bipartisan delegation came to thank members of the Greatest Generation who brought their courage, skill and devotion to duty to Normandy from the ground, sea and air. Three-quarters of a century later, their sacrifice reminds us that freedom is not free.”
On Sunday, the delegation witnessed commemorative jumps at the Sainte-Mère-Église International Military Static Line Jump Ceremony and visited with D-Day veterans and their families as well as active duty servicemembers participating in the anniversary events.
“Our delegation was honored to spend time with World War II veterans and their families today as we witnessed an array of parachutists fill the sky – evoking powerful memories for the veterans we visited,” Speaker Pelosi said. “We thanked them for their service and listened to their inspiring stories. It was also important for so many active duty servicemembers and family of veterans to participate in this commemoration, ensuring that future generations know the acts of heroism carried out by our soldiers, many of whom gave their lives in the name of freedom.”