D-Day 70th Anniversary


WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) issued the following statement commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day:

“Seventy years ago today, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed on the French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy. The Allied Forces, led by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, launched the largest maritime invasion in history to free Europe from Nazi oppression. Thanks to these heroes, the Allies liberated a continent, ended the Holocaust, and preserved freedom for future generations. Their courage is still an inspiration to us today and is a reminder that we have a duty to take care of all those who serve to protect our way of life.”

A member of the House Veterans’ Affairs, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.