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tv   75th Anniversary of D- Day and Battle of Normandy Ceremony  CSPAN  June 6, 2019 10:00am-11:01am EDT

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while the americans lost 600,000. in vietnam we lost almost 60,000, which is 10% of what we lost in world war ii. voteverybody that takes a everybody that joins up is a hero in my opinion. thank you. host: john in wisconsin. our last caller. we will be back tomorrow. we leave you with that image from omaha beach. stickt you to tak around for the world war ii d-day commemoration event taking place on the national mall. that begins momentarily here on c-span. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] pleasees and gentlemen,
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clear the plaza for our diplomatic corps. ladies and gentlemen, those countries that served alongside the united states during operation overlord will now come forth to be recognized. let's hear it for them. [applause] [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, please be seated. the master of ceremonies for today's commemoration is mr.
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alex kershaw, an honorary division. the 29th alex kershaw is a widely acclaimed and award-winning author of several new york times best selling books about world war ii, including the bedford the, the longest winner, few escaped from the deep, the liberator. a graduate of the university college of oxford, he worked as a journalist for the guardian and other newspapers before moving to the united states in 1994. his latest book, the first wave, was just released last month to mark the 70 for the anniversary of d-day. liberator, is the being made into a drama series to be aired by netflix in 2020. it is our great honor to have with us today mr. alex kershaw.
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[applause] >> good morning. on behalf of the friends of the national world war ii memorial, welcome to the national world war ii memorial as we remember and commemorate the 75th anniversary of d-day and the battle of normandy, operation overlord. as citizens of a grateful nation, we salute those of the greatest generation who helped preserve freedom around the globe. to all of our world war ii veterans, we owe a debt of gratitude and our lasting appreciation for their service to our country. especial thanks to some special groups with us today. the honor flight northern mexico and the be 26 historical society.
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b-26ew mexico and the historical society. also joining us, students from sox dam middle school in elk river, minnesota. [applause] the friends of the national world war ii memorial's mission is to honor and preserve the national memory of world war ii. for friends, it is especially gratifying to see young people here taking part in these special events and showing an interest in learning from our greatest generation. gentlemen, i'm now pleased to introduce the official party for today's 75th anniversary commemoration, the chairman of the board and friends of the national world war ii memorial, josiah bunting
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iii. [applause] >> acting superintendent of the national mall and memorial park ramboce, mr. jeffrey ld. [applause] >> representing the maritime administration, the honorable dby. h hun [applause] >> principal deputy assistant to the secretary of defense, mr. charles e summers, jr. [applause] >> for the ministry district of jr.ington, gary r fulton, gentlemen, please arise for the presentation of the colors, followed by the pledge of allegiance, led by
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brandon barco and madeline frolic. students from elk river, minnesota. remain standing for the playing of the national anthem of the united states army band, , gary r.s very own fulton, jr. ♪ ♪ ♪
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>> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. ♪ ♪nthem] national
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>> good morning, ladies and gentlemen. let us pray. god,tal, eternal invisible we invite your presence -- eternal and visible god, we invite your presence.
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ago, on this day so long on the beaches of normandy, the allies invaded western europe and the largest and most successful amphibious attack in the history of modern warfare, operation overlord. bravery, dedication and sacrifice of these valiant liberated western europe from nazi control. thank you for strengthening our allied sons for the fight. thank you for your watch care over them and thank you for their righteous victory. tierney was suppressed that yrannym -- tie -- we express special gratitude and we bless the memory of those who paid the
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ultimate price, who made the supreme sacrifice, the giving of their lives. they died, but not in vain. we whoour fathers, may now serve demonstrate the same courage and conviction of those referred to as the greatest generation. we close this prayer asking that you would be with our brave servicemembers, men and women, even now deployed and in harm's way. guard them, guide them and grant them your peace. one,urn a one -- eternal once again, we invite your presence today and give you thanks. we ask this in your holy name. amen. >> ladies and gentlemen, please be seated. >> the friends of the national world war ii memorial is proud
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to work to honor and preserve the national memories of world war ii through these special ceremonies at the world war ii memorial. friends is currently in the midst of a four-year world war ii 70 for the anniversary commemoration -- 75th anniversary commemoration. it will continue through the day inniversary of v-j 2020. friends is the only organization marking every battle in which troops participated during world war ii here at the world war ii memorial. friends is also organizing to curate the next greatest generation of americans through our community service focused education programs. friends is proud to have at its iii. mr. josiah bunting
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author, educator, vietnam veteran and the former superintendent of his alma mater, the virginia military institute. please welcome mr. josiah bunting. [applause] >> thank you, alex. today, while thing we honor those who made the supreme sacrifice on d-day and all who served in the greatest generation, our mission today is to make sure that we embody in our own lives the virtues of patriotism, honor, self-sacrifice and bravery that characterized that generation and particularly those who waded ashore on d-day. that is our mission.
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i'm especially happy, as all of us must be, to see so many young americans and young allied people here today. it is you who will carry the torch forward into another century. bless those, god who served on d-day, who led us through the war, and god bless america. thank you. [applause] the friends of the national world war ii memorial is proud to partner with the national park service, the caretakers of this magnificent memorial. it's my pleasure to introduce the acting superintendent of the national mall and memorial parks, mr. jeffrey wright
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reinboldt. [applause] >> good morning. on behalf of the national park service, it's my pleasure to welcome you to the world war ii memorial on the 75th anniversary of operation overlord. the invasion of normandy, france, which marked the beginning of the liberation of europe and foreshadowed the end of the second world war. speciallike to offer a welcome to our distinguished guests and most of all, to our veterans, their families and friends. i'm humbled to be with you on this day which commemorates one of the most extraordinary days of the 20th century. i would like to thank friends of the national world war ii memorial, the national park service's partner, for sponsoring today's event. it is a privilege and honor to work with you to ensure the
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sacrifices and accomplishments of the millions of americans who thought that war will never be forgotten. today, we pause to remember the allied armies who joined in the battle on the beaches of normandy. and parachuted from the sky charged ashore at beaches called juno andha, gold, continent and to stop one of the greatest forces of evil the world has ever known. more than 4000 men made the supreme sacrifice on the beaches and in the hedgerows of normandy. the fallen were for fathers and sons and husbands. we honor their sacrifice and acknowledge the gaping hole left in their families and communities. those who did return were
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changed forever. these were young men, many of them just 18-19 years old, who answered the call and took up arms in an awesome responsibility far beyond their years. they were the true sons and savors of democracy. there bravery still inspires us many years later. today, we are privileged to have with us some of those young men. to our veterans, the passage of time has not dimmed the deeds of your heroism. we in the national park service are committed to sharing your stories and ensuring that the more than 4 million visitors who come to this memorial each year understand how the america we know today and the blessings we enjoy as a free people were shaped by your deeds.
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as we look around at this magnificent memorial, we notice references to the momentous events that occurred on the beaches of france three quarters of a century ago. from the bas-relief of the june 6 landings to the simple word "normandy" on the northern fountain, to the wall of honor where 25 of the gold stars represent the approximately 2500 american servicemen killed that day. immediately to my left, below the atlantic arch, is a quote from general eisenhower taken from his remarks to the troops that would make the invasion. are about to embark upon the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. the eyes of the world are upon you. i have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle."
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this morning, to the veterans assembled at this memorial, i say that 75 years later and for wordsst of time, those ring just as true as they did on the beaches of normandy on june 6, 1944. today, the eyes of a grateful weld are upon you and remain forever indebted to your courage, commitment to duty and skill in battle. thank you. [applause] >> we now have the privilege of hearing the united states army themes they played the from "band of brothers" in honor of all of our world war ii veterans and their families. ♪ ♪
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♪ ♪ >> from the theme of "band of
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series," world war ii united states army band, purging pershing's own. [applause] from will now hear a poem the late mr. peter thomas. ise to recite the poem retired navy rear admiral, john -- [applause] >> when we went in, the beach had been taken. the living thought on, the dead for second. -- forsaken. we were dropped in the water up to our shoulders.
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in, a group of green soldiers. beach so thin strip of many had tried to reach. they were the ones who went in first among the shel fire and shell bursts. they went to watery graves sinking under the waves. the water was red, red from the dead. agonyom the dying in crying. those who made the land were not able to stand. they fell on the sand, writhing in pain, screaming for help in vain. every advantage was on that hill. they murdered our men at will. the reign of death from the clips never stopped.
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but we kept coming in from the as far asafter wave you can see. determination.nd ,ot believing they were done dictated victory that day. others in the future will say when they stand on that mighty height and looked down at that thin strip of beach, they will say "i don't see how they ever did it. they fought for every inch of it, up the sides of that fortified wall, over the cliffs so tall." i will never forget that beach. i will never forget the men in the ships, in the air and on the
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land, and those who died on the sand and in the water. beneath thousands of white crosses and stars of david above the beach. those wonderful soldiers who died so weng, they could be free. how can we ever forget what they did? day.nor them this we salute them and we humbly god, bless the men who died on omaha beach. [applause]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, i now have the great, great honor of introducing you to some amazing american heroes who served their country with honor and dignity in world war ii. would each world war ii veteran please stand or wave as i read your name? herman -- [applause] beach with the army's fourth infantry division. he fought in the battle of the bulge, helped liberate paris and --ped the great stuck [applause] elsner --es
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[applause] >> served with the u.s. navy and landed on juno beach with a tank landing ship. he brought supplies to omaha beach on subsequent days. mr. rick bailey. [applause] served with the 322nd bomber theaterd the european of operations. he flew three missions over omaha beach on d-day. [applause] petersonorge richard served as a staff sergeant with u.s. army air forces. [applause] mckee was a member
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of the ninth infantry division and took part in the invasion of -- 29th infantry division and took part in the invasion of normandy. [applause] waltrip served with -- four 40th bomb squad room 440th bomb squadron. [applause] served with powell squadron and the european theater of operations -- in the european theater of operations. served with the 598th bomb squadron in the european theater of operations. [applause] >> mr. charles lawrence wheeler served as a captain in the u.s.
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army air forces as a test pilot. he served in the pacific theater of operations. [applause] se -- served as a marksman with u.s. marine corps. [applause] he served in the pacific theater of operations, where he took part in okinawa campaigns. [applause] david wallman served with the 412 air service group. he served with flight operations on d-day. [applause] welch served with -- 598th bomb squadron
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bomb squadron. [applause] >> mr. ortega worked on airplane maintenance. [applause] williams served with the u.s. navy on the uss doran and uss jeffers. he participated in the invasions of sicily and southern france and swept mines in the pacific. [applause] blair served as a corporal with u.s. army and in germany. [applause] oakes enlisted into the u.s. navy in 1944 at 17 years old. [applause] he was assigned to the uss
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ticonderoga. today, he's here honoring his good friend, mr. george krukowski, who passed away this year at 99 years old. [applause] >> we are grateful that mr. krukowski's family is also with us here today. [applause] spurrier served with the 598th bomb squadron in the european theater of operations. [applause] >> mr. eli linden landed on omaha beach, where he was injured. later, he was captured and held as a german pow. [applause] served with the
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599th bomb squadron in the european theater of operations. [applause] >> mr. john rothman served with u.s. army. and took on utah beach part in the battle of northern france. [applause] warren hous -- dropped 82nd airborne paratroopers on d-day. [applause] -- served as a petty officer second class and u.s. navy. he worked as a survivor specialist. -- supply specialist. [applause] >> mr. dennis berg served with infantry division in the european theater of operations.
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[applause] >> -- served on the b-17 flying fortress. he flew 32 missions with the 533rd bomb squadron as part of the eighth air force. [applause] >> judge william h webster navy and the u.s. again in korea. says he is still prepared to serve again, if needed. [applause] hadley day served as a staff sergeant on the solomon islands in the invidious truck company -- amphibious truck company. [applause] >> mr. philip herrera served as a technician fifth grade for the u.s. army 717th tank battalion in the european theater of operations. [applause] >> mr. ellis williamson served
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squadron599th bomb in the european theater of operations. [applause] servedjohn f naegele ii with u.s. navy. [applause] servedjames morgan kiel on the uss john chandler with the u.s. navy. [applause] he participated in the d-day landings at normandy 75 years ago today. [applause] grant served in the quartermaster call in europe, arriving in normandy a month after the d-day landings. [applause] in the koreanght war and retired as a major in 1962. [applause] frederickmas
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kissinger served as a pilot with u.s. navy. [applause] >> mr. helmut bone served with the motor ambulance company and was deployed to normandy, france in july of 1944. [applause] lewis served as a corporal with u.s. marine corps. [applause] >> mr. robert levine landed on utah beach as part of the normandy invasion. he was later captured and held as a german pow. [applause] i will make a few very brief remarks. i'm 53 years old. thank you, gentlemen, from the bottom of my heart, for 75 years
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of freedom, democracy and peace in europe. thank you from the bottom of my heart. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, please remain seated as we will now prepare for the official refrain at the freedom wall in honor of those who served and sacrificed during world war ii. today, we remember them more than 2 million allied servicemembers who took part in operation overlord and the 200-5000 allies who were killed -- 225,000 allies who were killed, wounded, or went missing. [no audio] ♪ ♪
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♪ wreath ofsenting the the united states of america is a maritime administrator and mr. charles sumner jr. along with them will be mr. alex n -- barbara herma
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george, daughter of captain .alcolm george the next wreath is from australia. it is presented by wing -- isder matthews accompanied by world war ii veterans, mr. rick bailey and mr. george richards peterson. [no audio]
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>> presenting the wreath for belgium, captain gregory -- transportation officer, embassy of belgium. he's accompanied by world war ii veteran, mr. donald mickey. [no audio] >> presenting the wreath for givensis mr. christopher and captain christian monahan, royal canadian navy, embassy of canada. they are accompanied by roadwork to veteran, mr. irvin powell. -- they are accompanied by world
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war ii veteran, mr. irvin powell. accompanying the wreath for the czech republic, brigadier general john -- embassy of czech republic. accompanying him, world war ii veterans, mr. larry thorpe, mr. charles lawrence wheeler and mr. aldenado. [no audio] >> presenting the wreath for denmark, lieutenant colonel william kruger paulson,
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assistance defense military, naval and air attache, royal danish embassy. is accompanied by what were to veterans, corporal david w allman and -- -- he is accompanied by world war ii veterans, corporal david wallman and -- representing the wreath for -- embassy of france. he's accompanied by world war ii
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veterans, mr. wilbur williams and mr. lee. [no audio] >> representing the country of -- embassy of greece. he's accompanied by world war ii veterans, mr. francis oakes and mr. bill spurrier.
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[no audio] >> representing the country of sylvieurg is ambassador lucas. accompanying her, mr. eli linden, world war ii veteran.
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we offer our condolences on the recent passing of the grand duke, jean of luxembourg, who was a decorated world war ii veteran who landed on the beaches of normandy on june 11, 1944. representing the netherlands, colonel paul -- lieutenant -- embassy of the kingdom of the netherlands. they are accompanied by world war ii veteran, mr. rossman. [no audio]
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>> representing the country of new zealand is commodore david gibbs, defense at tasha, embassy of new zealand, accompanied by world war ii veterans, colonel hallstead and mr. lawrence -- [no audio] >> representing the country of -- militarylonel attache, royal norwegian embassy.
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he's accompanied by mr. dennis --t and mr. luke [no audio] >> representing the republic of poland is judge william webster, mr. alfred henry bay and mr. felipe --
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[no audio] >> representing the country of slovakia, chaplain commander gary thornton, jr., united states navy, mr. ellis
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williamson, mr. john f daigle ii and mr. james morgan kiel, all world war ii veterans. [no audio] >> representing the united
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kingdom, commodore andrew benton, royal navy, british embassy, anthony h grant, world war ii veteran, mr. thomas frederick kissinger, world war ii veteran, and michelle evelyn miss evelyn berquist. [no audio] >> representing the national park service is mr. jeffrey reinboldt, paige pedilla, --ld war ii veterans is presented by
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friends of the national world war ii memorial, mr. josh colonel andre -- andssy of ukraine, mckenzie mr. robert levine, world war ii veteran p.o.w. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, at this time, please rise and render appropriate honors the playing render appropriate honors for the playing of taps. ♪ [playing taps] ♪
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rufus maybe seated that seated.ay be lit his and gentlemen, it is now time that we honor all branches of our armed services by playing
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the armed service songs. if you are serving or have served, please rise to be recognized when your service song is being played. the armed forces medley, the united states army band. ♪ >> the united states merchant mariness! ♪
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announcer: as this wraps up, we remain to do it online on c-span.org. we are leaving now. the house is coming in for a brief for former session. pro forma session. tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c., june 6, 2019. i hereby appoint the honorable james p. mcgovern to act as speaker pro tempore on this day, signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain, pass -- pastor zack randles, waterfront church, washington, d.c. the chaplain: let us pray. today, lord, on the 75th anniversary of d-day, we remember the sacrifices that were made for our freedom.

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