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NO. R-194. JOINT RESOLUTION commemorating the 57th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion.

(J.R.H. 156)

Offered by: Entire Membership.

Whereas, the Allied victory in World War II over the European Axis Powers was an unparalleled feat of military strategy and accomplishment that halted the vicious spread of Nazi tyranny, and

Whereas, the pivotal event that foreshadowed the inevitable military collapse of the Axis Powers in Europe was the massive Allied invasion on the morning of June 6, 1944 on the beaches in Normandy, France, and

Whereas, this invasion, which is commonly known as D Day, represented the combined efforts of the Allied governments and the partisan underground, and

Whereas, countless brave Americans and other Allied Forces participated in this momentous invasion, and

Whereas, despite the Allied victory at Normandy, many valiant individuals, including numerous Vermonters, were either severely wounded or killed in Normandy, and

Whereas, 2001 marks the 57th Anniversary of the D Day Invasion, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly pays homage to the Allied veterans who fought so brilliantly in the D Day Invasion, and remembers with special reverence those brave soldiers and sailors who sacrificed their precious lives in Normandy, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont headquarters of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Vermont Department of Veterans’ Affairs and to the Adjutant General, Major General Martha T. Rainville.