State Rep. Rick Outman on Wednesday introduced a House resolution commemorating the 69th anniversary of D-Day, the June 6, 1944 Allied invasion along the beaches of Normandy.
Outman, R-Six Lakes, said he is honored to introduce a resolution venerating the 150,000 Allied troops who landed along the French coastline, striking a crucial blow against Nazi Germany and fascism and a key step in bringing World War II to an end in the European Theater of Operations.
“As a veteran who has taken part in small military campaigns, I cannot even fathom the magnitude of the D-Day invasion, which involved 5,000 ships and 11,000 aircraft,” Outman said. “The bravery of these men to breach such a well-fortified German position as Normandy to fight for freedom is almost beyond imagination.”
House Resolution 161 honors the 10,000 Allied casualties resulting from the invasion, including the 4,000 members of the armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice on D-Day.
“We in America – and the world – owe so much to the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who participated in D-Day,” Outman said. “I encourage everyone to observe a moment of reflection for those who took part in this historic battle.”
While it’s difficult to determine how many Michiganders participated in the D-Day invasion, there are still 419 Michigan residents interred at the Normandy American Cemetery.