Texas lawmakers release statements on the 70th anniversary of D-Day


POSTED: Friday, June 6, 2014 - 9:35am

UPDATED: Friday, June 6, 2014 - 9:36am

Davis statement on D-Day:

Sen. Wendy Davis (TX-10), Gubernatorial candidate, released the following statement in memory of the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion:

"Seventy years ago today, brave Americans stormed the shores of Normandy and helped turn the tide of history. Under the leadership of a great Texas-born military leader, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, these young heroes fought valiantly to liberate France and ensure the victory of freedom and liberty over tyranny and oppression. As we remember the 70th anniversary of D-Day, I hope that all Texans will honor the continuing sacrifices of our brave men and women who serve our nation at home and abroad."


Gohmert statement on D-Day:

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement in memory the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion:

“Today we remember those who lost their lives taking the fight to the enemies of liberty by retaking the coastal areas of France. Young Americans, most of whom were teenagers, gave their last full measure of devotion on the battlefield 70 years ago today. They were fighting for the United States, they were fighting for us - present and future Americans along with all who yearn to live free. We cannot thank these valiant soldiers enough for the ultimate sacrifice they made that day. Today, we remember and honor these heroic lives.

Few are aware that there was a practice invasion in Great Britain during which hundreds of Allied lives were lost. Many including Gen. Eisenhower worried that if that many lives were lost in a practice invasion with no live rounds being fired, how much worse would the real thing be. Roosevelt slept little speaking by radio to the American people the night before and the morning of the invasion, praying for our military for several minutes on national radio. Many who stepped into the landing craft, or put on parachutes, or got into gliders, knew that they may never see their loved ones again. But onward they went for the good of us all. Jesus said, 'Greater love hath no one than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends.' He would know, and that is what so many did for the lovers of liberty.

The limitless courage they showed in the face of raw danger should be an inspiration to us all. To those warriors who lived through the violent horrors of that combat – a simple thank you is not enough. You truly are our hearts’ inspiration.
Today on this Seventieth Anniversary of D-Day and each day to follow, may God richly bless our courageous military men and women."

Congressman Louie Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He also served as Chief Justice of Texas'12th Court of Appeals.

Photo from United States Army.

Cornyn statement on D-Day:

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement in honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day:

“On this day, we honor the men who stormed the beaches of Normandy 70 years ago today. These heroes will always be honored by the country they served and the nations they helped to free.

“As we pay tribute to the heroes of D-Day, may we remember their sacrifices and those of their family members. May we remember their bravery and their commitment to the mission that would change the course of history.”

Sen. Cornyn honored the 70th anniversary of D-Day on the Senate floor. View the video here.

Additionally, Sen. Cornyn is a co-sponsor of a resolution recognizing the 70th anniversary of the Allied landing on D-Day and expressing gratitude and appreciation to the U.S. service members who participated in the operation.

Photo from United States Army.

Perry statement on D-Day:

Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement today to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings:

"Seven decades ago today, a selfless group of our bravest warriors emerged from the choppy waters of the English Channel to lead a mission of liberation across the blood-stained beaches of Normandy and into occupied France. With them they carried the hope of free nations held hostage by the greatest force for evil the world had ever seen. The liberation of Western Europe, Hitler’s annihilation, and the release of the prisoners savagely held in his concentration camps were accomplished in great measure thanks to the soldiers who stormed the beaches that day.”

"As we remember the brave souls who fought and died, let us also remember that with each passing day we lose more of the patriotic Americans who committed all they had to the cause of freedom. I urge anyone who knows a World War II veteran to share your appreciation with them so they know just how grateful we are for their service and sacrifice."

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