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    Albany, N.Y. – 06/02/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, honored WWII veterans on the 70th anniversary of D-Day on the New York State Senate Floor this afternoon.

    Senator Ball invited all WWII veterans that live in New York State to join the New York State Senate at the New York State Capitol in Albany, NY on Monday, June 2, 2014 to recognize their sacrifice for our country.

    “As members of ‘The Greatest Generation’, these soldiers fought bravely and selflessly in the most devastating war in the history of the world, and triumphed over tyranny with their fellow brothers and sisters. It was my distinct honor to recognize their service to this great country on the floor of the New York State Senate,” said Senator Greg Ball.

    The New York State Senate commemorated the anniversary with a New York State Senate resolution:

    On June 6, 1944, the military might of the Allies combined for the most extensive aerial and sea borne assault ever planned; the D-Day Invasion at the beaches of Normandy, France changed the direction of World War II, and the history of the twentieth century; planned for over two years by the Allied Forces, the D-Day Invasion was an intricate coordination of the world’s greatest military forces, and an exercise in cooperation that marked the turning point of the war, and the world’s history.

    The Allied Invasion of Europe, code-named Operation Overlord, consisted of five infantry divisions, two American, two British, and one Canadian, assigned to beaches code-named, from west to east, Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword; on the first day of the invasion, two American airborne divisions landed behind the western end of the assault area and one British at the eastern, while amphibious armor was to swim ashore with the leading waves.

    The invasion was supported by more than 13,000 fighter, bomber, and transport aircraft, that, between April 1st and June 5, 1944, flew 200,000 sorties and succeeded in breaking all the bridges across the Seine and Loire rivers to isolate the Normandy Invasion area from the rest of France.

    Five World War II veterans from Senator Ball’s district joined the New York State Senate during session on Monday afternoon. Herman Schreiber, Army – Corporal, Senator Ball’s grandfather who was celebrating his 88th birthday; Peter “Barney” Bambace, Air Force – Private 1st class; John Graziano, Navy – 3rd Class Petty Officer; Peter Senatore, Army – Lieutenant and Jack Alonzo, Navy –  1st Class Seaman with his wife, Virginia Alonzo.

    In addition to be recognized on the New York State Senate Floor, there was also an exhibit set up in the Legislative Office Building lobby commemorating the day.

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