Madam Speaker, "We shall not flinch or fail. We shall go on to the end. ..... We shall fight on the seas and oceans. We shall fight with growing strength in the air. We shall defend ..... whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches. We shall fight on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields and in the streets. We shall fight everywhere. We shall never surrender."
Winston Churchill said this showing the dedication of our armed forces. They never give up; and, of course, they never give in.
Churchill was right, Madam Speaker. In WWII, American troops did not flinch--they fought wherever and whenever they were. needed--to the very end.
For many young Americans, 31,000, to be specific, that courage took them to the beaches of Normandy, France.
And for more than 6,000 Americans that meant giving everything they had for the cause of liberty and freedom.
This July 6th marks the 65th anniversary of the infamous D-day.
I am a proud cosponsor of the resolution before the House today which expresses the gratitude and appreciation of the House of Representatives for the acts of heroism and military achievement of all the Members of the Armed Forces who participated in the D-day landings on Normandy beach.
These brave warriors went to war to liberate Europe for the cause of freedom.
The average age of the brave young warriors representing the United States on those shores was just 20 years old.
They might have been young Madam Speaker, but their leadership and their commitment to freedom marked the beginning of the liberation of France and ultimately culminated in the destruction of the Nazi Empire and the triumph of the Allied Forces.
I am pleased to speak in support of the resolution today and urge all my colleagues to support this important legislation.
And that's just the way it is.