(Omaha Beach, France) – Senator Deb Fischer along with Congressmen Jeff Fortenberry and Don Bacon were part of the congressional delegation who traveled to Normandy, France, to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
All three took part in the official ceremony at the American Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer with President Donald J. Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron. More than 150 World War II veterans took places on the stage in front a crowd that was over 10,000 people.
French President Macron told American D-Day veterans that "France doesn't forget" their sacrifice for his country's liberty. He added, "On behalf of my nation I just want to say thank you."
Macron awarded five U.S. veterans the Legion of honor, France's highest distinction.
“It is truly amazing to visit Normandy and honor our service members on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. My father served in World War II. Two of my uncles received Bronze Star Citations for their brave service in the European Theater. Our nation is forever grateful for the service, dedication, and sacrifice of the Greatest Generation,” said Senator Fischer.
President Trump praised the veterans of D-Day. He told a crowd that included U.S., foreign dignitaries and veteran's families, they are "among the very greatest Americans who will ever live."
Rep. Fortenberry said he was deeply honored to be in Normandy, France Thursday.
“We must never forget the heroic sacrifices made by those who gave everything, as the future of civilization hung in the balance. On the hallowed beaches of this French coastal province, 156,000 soldiers participated in the largest seaborn invasion in history, as the Unites States and our allies fought to liberate Europe from the tyranny of Nazism.” Fortenberry added.
“Today, as we honored those who lost their lives, we also greeted and thanked the veterans who traveled to France to be a part of today’s ceremony. Their stories, remarkable fortitude, and humble courage serve as a reminder of what truly is ‘The Greatest Generation.’” Fortenberry said.