Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Jun 6, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement regarding the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France on June 6, 1944:

“It has been seven decades since more than 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, shed their blood on the sands, and fought for freedom and democracy under the deafening crossfire of Axis beach encampments and over the skies of the occupied French countryside. Thousands struggled and paid the ultimate sacrifice in hopes that, one day, we will not have to fight anymore. Without the loyalty and determination of each and every soldier, and of each and every wife, husband, mother, father, brother, and sister who resolutely supported from afar, we would not be enjoying the independence and self-determination we take for granted every day.”

“Let this anniversary be yet another reminder of how much gratitude we owe to the armed forces that not only fought against the scourge of tyranny throughout World War II, but have sacrificed in every conflict throughout our nation’s history. Here at home in Georgia, we have the honor of living amongst many servicemen and servicewomen to whom we owe such gratitude. Just yesterday, Fort Benning dedicated one of its halls to one such hero, Command Sergeant Major Frank Plass, for his lifetime achievements and service to our nation during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. It is because of the loyalty and determination of Georgians like Sergeant Major Plass that we can all continue to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

“We give our heartfelt gratitude to every former and current member of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marines for their service, and say a prayer for the lives of all our Fallen and their families. Their lives and heroism hold a special place in our hearts and will continue to do so for the rest of our days. The service of these often unheralded Americans allows us to live the dream realized by our Founding Fathers. Let us forever remember their tremendous bravery and patriotism, and may God continue to bless our heroes—those of the past and those of today.”