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Friday, June 6, 2014

Casey Reflects on D-Day

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement on the 70th anniversary of D-Day:

“Today I am deeply honored to represent my fellow Pennsylvanians and all Americans in honoring the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy today, where many American service members gave their lives to push back German forces and begin the fight to liberate Europe.

Pennsylvanians contributed significantly to the World War II effort with nearly 1.2 million from the Commonwealth having served by June of 1945. The Anniversary of D-Day is a poignant reminder of the tremendous sacrifices made both past and present by our service members and their families. It is our solemn duty to honor their valor.”

Below are photos from Senator Casey’s visit:

A view of the bluffs at Pont du Hoc, where U.S. Army Rangers heroically climbed about 100 feet straight up. President Reagan famously delivered the following line in his 1984 speech: “These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war.”

A view of Omaha Beach and the English Channel, where 160,000 Allied troops invaded Nazi-occupied France 70 years ago today.

The first pictures is the first cross Casey saw in the cemetery. It belongs to Sgt. Wilbert L. Gray from Pennsylvania

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