June 06, 2019


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

“Seventy-five years ago today, our brave military courageously stormed the beaches of Normandy to fight our enemies in Europe who threatened the freedoms of every American and many others around the world. The actions of our troops during this ‘mighty endeavor’ were nothing less than heroic, carrying out their mission, despite an onslaught of fire from a well-trained, well-equipped, and battle-hardened enemy.”

“The Veterans who served on this day are what made that generation the greatest that this country has ever seen. Those who gave their lives on those hallowed beaches and cliffs helped to preserve our democracy and our civilization. As time takes its toll, the World War II Veterans living today grow smaller in number, which is a monumental loss to this nation. Because of this, it is important that we take time on days like today to remember and recognize the sacrifices these patriots made to keep us safe. Our duty to them is to remember that as Americans we are all part of something greater than ourselves. We must continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died.”

“I hope that every West Virginian and American reflects on the patriotism of those who risked their lives on D-Day. On behalf of West Virginia, I sincerely thank every Veteran of D-Day and World War II for their fearless service to our country. God Bless you all.”