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.
To commemorate the historic 70th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, the New York State Senate celebrated these great heroes with an exhibit in the Legislative Office Building and in the Senate Chamber, with a Resolution commemorating the day and honoring WWII veterans.
These soldiers bravely and selflessly and triumphed over tyranny. They represented a generation of heroes to whom we owe our freedom. There is no way for any of us to ever fully repay them for their sacrifice and selflessness, but we can attempt to honor them and thank them as a State, Nation and Community. I was honored to join my colleagues in doing so.