For Immediate Release:
June 6, 2014
Office of the Governor: Rachel Thomas, Phone: (804) 225-4262, Email: Rachel.Thomas@governor.virginia.gov
Governor McAuliffe Recognizes the 70th Anniversary of D-Day
RICHMOND, VA - Governor McAuliffe released the following proclamation to honor the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:
70TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY
WHEREAS, on June 6, 1944, the soldiers, sailors, and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force invaded Normandy in northern France; and
WHEREAS, soldiers from the 29th Infantry Division were among the first wave of troops to battle their way to shore at Omaha Beach on D-Day, suffering massive casualties to help ensure the success of the Allied Invasion to liberate Europe; and
WHEREAS, Bedford and 11 other Virginia communities were the homes of soldiers serving in Company A, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division; and
WHEREAS, during the assault on Omaha Beach, 19 of the "Bedford Boys" of Company A were lost; and
WHEREAS, the 29th Infantry's Division's achievement on Omaha Beach will always be remembered as one of the finest hours in the history of the U.S. Army and the National Guard; and
WHEREAS, by remembering the heroic actions of our Armed Forces at Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword beaches in 1944, we honor a generation who served this country and preserved liberty for people everywhere; and
WHEREAS, Virginia is the proud home of more than 27,000 living World War II veterans;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize June 6, 2014, as the 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.