Whey this 80th anniversary of D-Day is significant

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It was 80 years ago today when more than 156,000 Allied ground troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, a turning point in WWII, what’s referred to as D-Day. Of the 2,500 Americans who were killed, 33 were from Louisiana. Colonel Jerome Butler with the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs said this anniversary is notable because…

“This may very well be the one in which there are still a number of WWII vets still able to celebrate this remarkable military operation,” said Buller.

Of the Louisianans killed in action 12 are buried in state, 17 in American cemeteries in France, one in England, and three were never found.

Buller said while D-Day was a successful operation, it’s also a somber day because of the 4,500 Allied forces who died…

“Americans and their allies literally helped to liberate all of Europe from the grip of Nazi oppression and that changed the war, and it should be remembered,” said Buller.

In the regular legislative session, Buller said a House Concurrent Resolution 127 was submitted paying honor to the 33 Louisianans who died on D-Day.

“Our legislators literally were pledging to not forget and saluting their sacrifice,” said Buller.

To read House Resolution 127 click here.

To learn more about Louisianas or other Americans who fought on D-Day you can visit dday.org/learn/necrology-project/

 

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