US Congress group in France for D-Day tribute

2nd June 2004, Comments 0 comments

WASHINGTON, June 1 (AFP) - A delegation of US lawmakers was to travel to Britain and France this week, to take part in ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion that marked the beginning of the end of World War II.

WASHINGTON, June 1 (AFP) - A delegation of US lawmakers was to travel to Britain and France this week, to take part in ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion that marked the beginning of the end of World War II.

The group was to travel to England for a June 4 wreath-laying ceremony at the American Cemetery in Cambridge.

On June 5, the delegation travels to St. Mere Eglise, to witness the members of the US 82nd Airborne reenact the historic airdrop that started the D-day offensive.

On June 6, the delegation will join US President George W. Bush for a commemoration ceremony at Omaha Beach.

"I look forward to leading this very special congressional delegation trip to Normandy to help pay tribute to the great sacrifices made by our allies and our soldiers in defense of freedom," House Speaker Dennis Hastert said in a statement.

"Sixty years ago, most of Europe was still dominated by an evil Nazi regime, dominated by Adolph Hitler.

"Because of the great courage of ordinary Americans ... Hitler's iron grip was broken, and after a long struggle, freedom again reigned in Western Europe," said Hastert, who said in his statement that at least 20 House representatives will be part of the delegation.

© AFP

Subject: French news

0 Comments To This Article