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Alabama political leaders honor and reflect on 80th anniversary of D-Day

Many of Alabama’s public officials are honoring the 80th anniversary of the D-Day invasion by allied troops in WWII.

On June 6, 1944 troops from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries landed on the beaches of northern France that was at the time occupied by the armies of Nazi Germany.

RELATED: Alabama officials join bipartisan delegation to Normandy for D-Day 80th anniversary

U.S. Senator Katie Britt shared photos from the trip she and fellow Alabama U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) and U.S. Rep Terri Sewell (D-Selma) took as a bipartisan congressional delegation representing the United States.

Gov. Kay Ivey released a video message paying tribute to the troops who fought in the infamous battle.

“Today marks a solemn and significant day in our nation’s history – the 80th anniversary of D-Day,” Ivey said. “On this day in 1944, thousands of brave men joined forces on the beaches of Normandy, in a powerful display of courage and commitment that changed the course of World War II. Our servicemembers displayed the indomitable spirit of an entire generation determined to preserve freedom and democracy.”

Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth said those veterans were a part of the “Greatest Generation.”

Referencing the soldiers that day, Speaker of the House Nathaniel Ledbetter said, “Without them, there is no American way of life.”

President Pro Tempore of the Alabama Senate said those heroes “saved the world.”

U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) reflected on the anniversary by reading President Franklin Roosevelt’s D-Day prayer from the House floor.

U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) also spoke on the House floor to mark the occasion, reading the words of a veteran from Alabama who fought that day.

Yaffee is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts “The Yaffee Program” weekdays 9-11 a.m. on WVNN. You can follow him on X @Yaffee

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