SALT LAKE CITY – Many of Utah’s elected leaders are honoring the 76th anniversary of D-Day.
On June 6, 1944, allied forces invaded the shores of Normandy, France in a battle that would eventually turn the tide of World War II.
More than 2,500 American troops died in the battle.
“We read history books about the war, and yet, I don’t think we have a sense of just how awful it was and how tragic it was and how devastating the loss was," Sen. Mitt Romney said in a video message. “It’s said time and time again that no man has greater love for his neighbor than to lay down his life for them, and that’s what these young people did.”
76 years ago, Allied Forces took incredible risks on beaches of Normandy to liberate an entire continent and secure our most sacred freedoms. On the anniversary of D-Day, we honor members of the Greatest Generation and vow to never forget their sacrifices. pic.twitter.com/UzlJ5RIIfZ
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) June 6, 2020
In a tweet, Rep. Chris Stewart said: “May we never forget the service & sacrifice of the Greatest Generation and the immeasurable debt we owe them.”
Today marks the 76th anniversary of #DDay. A day that changed the course of #WWII, as thousands of men fought for freedom. May we never forget the service & sacrifice of the Greatest Generation and the immeasurable debt we owe them. pic.twitter.com/ot1eswVpvc
— Rep. Chris Stewart (@RepChrisStewart) June 6, 2020
Gov. Gary Herbert posted a photo of soldiers preparing for battle with the caption: “I am ever-grateful for their sacrifice.”
76 years ago today, thousands of brave soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy in a heroic effort to fight tyranny and preserve freedom. I am ever-grateful for their sacrifice #DDay. pic.twitter.com/Si18oAmkqF
— Gov. Gary Herbert (@GovHerbert) June 6, 2020