R 353
2019 -- S 0956
Enacted 06/06/2019

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Felag, Ruggerio, Raptakis, and Metts
Date Introduced: June 06, 2019

     WHEREAS, On June 6, 1944, 156,000 courageous young American, British and
Canadian troops began the liberation of Europe when they landed on the beaches in Normandy,
France, that now live forever in history. They were code-named Gold Beach, Juno Beach, Sword
Beach, Utah Beach, and most famously, Omaha Beach, where American soldiers faced a
cauldron of withering enemy fire, deep water, choppy waves, and suffered enormous casualties
before eventually prevailing and breaching General Rommel’s “Atlantic Wall”; and
     WHEREAS, Additionally, during the night before the fateful invasion, thousands of
heroic airborne troops, including the vaunted American 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, were
dropped from the sky behind enemy lines across the Normandy region in order to secure vital
objectives. They too suffered casualties on the day we now call “The Longest Day”; and
     WHEREAS, Before the Allied Invasion of France, Europe had suffered through the
darkest four-year period in its history. Hitler’s Nazi armies had conquered and enslaved Norway,
Belgium, France, Poland, Greece, the Netherlands, Denmark, Czechoslovakia and the former
Yugoslavia. At the same time, the Nazis were ruthlessly murdering six million Jews and countless
others in the death camps they ran throughout Europe; and
     WHEREAS, The D-Day Normandy landing was also the largest amphibious assault in
world history, and included 5,000 ships and 11,000 aircraft sorties flown by allied pilots. It was
simply the most important military operation in world history and if it had failed, unimaginable
consequences would have followed. The war in Europe would certainly have lasted much longer
than its ending in May of 1945, even more people would have perished in the death camps, and
democracy might have permanently died in Europe either through a forced negotiated truce with
the Nazis or to a conquering Russian Army, instead of the liberating forces of the American,
British and Canadian armies that freed Western Europe in 1945; and
     WHEREAS, On the fateful day, thousands of brave American and Allied soldiers, most
of them surely terrified of what might have awaited them, risked everything to free Europe from
the clutches of the evil Nazi regime, and to preserve and protect all the freedoms we cherish
today. Thanks to the efforts of these men, many of whom perished, today Europe enjoys the kind
of freedom and prosperity that was unimaginable 75 years ago, and America remains the most
free nation on Earth; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby memorializes and commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings on
Normandy, on June 6, 2019. May we never forget the sacrifices made by so many courageous
young American and Allied soldiers in support of the noble causes of freedom and liberty; and be
it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the Rhode Island Adjutant General, Major
General Christopher P. Callahan.