R 276
2019 -- H 6083
Enacted 05/08/2019

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Azzinaro, Shekarchi, Chippendale, Filippi, and Vella-
Date Introduced: May 08, 2019

     WHEREAS, World War II began on September 1, 1939, when Nazi Germany invaded
Poland. Shortly thereafter, most of the nations of Western Europe were invaded by Hitler’s
armies, and brutalized and defeated. France, Belgium, Norway, the Netherlands, Greece, Demark
and the former Yugoslavia were conquered and their populations subjected to terror, murder, and
other unspeakable crimes against humanity, while Great Britain faced daily bombings of its cities
and military installations by the German Luftwaffe; and
     WHEREAS, On June 22, 1941, Germany invaded Russia in Operation Barbarossa, and
on December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, turning World War II into a global
catastrophe. Four days later on December 11, 1941, Nazi Germany declared war on the United
States, and what followed for the next 42 months was warfare on a scale never seen before in the
history of humanity. Altogether, it is estimated that 35 million Europeans were killed, including 6
million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis in death camps known as Auschwitz, Bergen-
Belsen, Treblinka, Dachau and many others; and
     WHEREAS, From 1942 to May of 1945, the Allies and Nazi Germany fought in every
kind of environment imaginable, from the air in horrific battles over England and Germany, to the
sea in the North Atlantic as American and British destroyers and search planes fought furiously to
stop the Nazi submarines and their brutal wolfpack tactics, to land battles in Stalingrad and Kursk
in the East, El-Alamein in the desert of Africa, to D-Day and Omaha Beach, Anzio, and the Battle
of the Bulge in the West, that will reverberate in history books until the end of time; and
     WHEREAS, Finally, on May 8, 1945, shortly after Hitler had committed suicide, German
General Alfred Jodl, representing Nazi Germany, surrendered Germany’s remaining forces in
Reims, France, to the United States, Great Britain, the Soviet Union and France. At the same
time, United States President Harry S. Truman and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
declared that May 8th would be celebrated as V-E Day; and
     WHEREAS, As we commemorate this most important day in World and United States
history, let us never forget that millions perished in combat and in death camps due to tyranny
and evil, and let us also never forget that in the United States millions sacrificed much to defend
freedom. We should always remember the brave American soldiers who endured the brutal cold
to stop the German attack in the Battle of the Bulge in places named Bastogne and the Ardennes
in Belgium and the heroic airmen who fought, and often perished, in the skies over Nazi Germany
or the Prisoners of War who endured harsh conditions, and the selfless sacrifice and heroics of the
American soldiers who landed at Omaha Beach and faced an inferno of enemy fire. We should
also never forget the sacrifices of those on the home front, who ate less, conducted endless scrap
drives, bought war bonds, and worried terribly about their loved ones at the front; now, therefore
be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby commemorates the 74th Anniversary of V-E Day in the State of
Rhode Island; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Honorable Donald J. Trump, President of
the United States, the Honorable Gina M. Raimondo, Governor of the State of Rhode Island, and
Major General Christopher P. Callahan, the Rhode Island Adjutant General.