06 June 2019 Amy Lawrence
Senator Martha McSally joins a Senate delegation to Normandy, France.
“On the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, it is humbling to be standing on the very beaches stormed by American and Allied forces in Normandy,” said Martha McSally. “D-Day served as a critical turning point in World War II and today marks a day of remembrance for those who laid down their lives here in the fight against evil and tyranny. Their courage, heroism, and sacrifice will never be forgotten. In their honor, Congress must continue to promote freedom around the world and care for our veterans who fought to keep us free.”
McSally joined a bipartisan Senate delegation to Normandy, France, for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion by Allied forces during World War II. The 17-senator delegation joined President Donald J. Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron at an official ceremony at the American Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer to mark the milestone.
Prior to the ceremony, McSally joined U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., John Boozman, R-Ark., Ben Cardin, D-Md., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Deb Fischer, R-Neb., Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Angus King, I-Maine, James Lankford, R-Okla., Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Jackie Rosen, D-Nev., Rick Scott, R-Fla., Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., met with World War II veterans from the United States who made the trip for the special occasion.
On June 6, 1944, with American and Allied paratroopers positioned behind enemy lines, Allied forces waded through waist-deep waters amid hailing enemy gunfire to storm the beaches of Normandy, France, in an invasion called Operation Overlord, or “D-Day” as it is commonly referred to today. It was a joint naval, air and land assault marking the start of Allied forces’ campaign to liberate Nazi-occupied Europe. More than 6,000 Americans died that day, but their sacrifice and heroism marked the beginning of the end of World War II.
The D-Day 75th anniversary ceremony was attended by more than 150 veterans, U.S. elected officials, U.S. armed service members, dignitaries from our allied partners in the French government, and other participants.
McSally with WWII Veteran, George Cross, of Arizona.
McSally has worked on behalf of WWII Purple Heart veterans to help them obtain their well-deserved accolades. Leo Silverstein was a .50-caliber gunman fighting in Sicily in World War II when he received a serious head injury and nearly died. Leo never was recognized. His daughter contacted McSally’s office for help awarding him the Purple Heart. McSally presented Leo with a Purple Heart in October 2015.
Norm Beebe contacted McSally’s office on behalf of his father, Roy Beebe. Roy received a Purple Heart for injuries received in Italy in WWII. The medal and paperwork were stolen over 30 years ago. After submitting the inquiry, National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) informed McSally that his records were burned in the 1973 fire. Norm provided Roy’s DD-214, his medals were expedited, and McSally presented the medals in August 2015.