By Congressman Randy Hultgren -
On June 6, 1944, “the Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history,” as President Ronald Reagan described it 40 years later. Their efforts helped turn the tide and contribute to the eventual end of World War II.
To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Allied D-Day Invasion, I was humbled to honor the Greatest Generation and the freedom and opportunity they provided for future generations by joining U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron and other members of the official Congressional Delegation on the beaches of Normandy, France.
553 Illinois soldiers are buried in the American Normandy Cemetery where we paid our respects. I traveled there with three Illinois veterans who served in WWII: Marvin Sussman, Clifford Goodall and Albert Mampre. Read Signalman 2nd Class Goodall’s eyewitness account of the Omaha Beach landing here.
In the face of extreme danger, these men and women exemplified bravery and valor. As President Reagan said on the 40th Anniversary of this fateful battle: "Strengthened by their courage, heartened by their valor, and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died."