Today marks the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, a turning point in World War II that marked the beginning of the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany. On June 6, 1944, in one of the largest amphibian invasions in military history, thousands of Allied troops fought on beaches in the Normandy region of France. At the time, General Dwight D. Eisenhower stated that the Allied forces would “accept nothing less than full victory.” In the days and weeks following the invasion, northern France was liberated and his words proved to be accurate.
The Department of Justice will take time today to reflect on the significance of D-Day, and the bravery of the troops who landed on that 50-mile stretch of France to change the course of the war and world history. The same courage and selflessness that those troops displayed can be observed in the honorable men and women in uniform who have served our country throughout history, as well as those who continue to serve today. Today and every day of the year, the Department of Justice is committed to devoting time and resources to ensure that our servicemembers receive the full benefit of the protections guaranteed to them under the law. At the Department’s Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative, a dedicated team works to provide a comprehensive legal support and protection network focused on serving servicemembers, veterans, and their families. The Initiative’s mission is to support the Department in its efforts to protect those who protect us all. Today’s servicemembers, like the ones who stormed the beaches of Normandy 73 years ago, have made many sacrifices, and are deserving of our utmost respect and gratitude. One of the many ways that the Department of Justice works to show that respect and gratitude is by ensuring that servicemembers, veterans, and their families are not penalized for answering the call to action. When it comes to the protection of our nation’s servicemembers, like General Eisenhower, the Department “will accept nothing less than full victory.”
We remember this day for the thousands of servicemembers who gave up their lives to take a stand against tyranny. We observe this day as a representation of the courage of each and every one of our servicemembers – past, present, and future.