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Senator Edwards Announces Special Legislative Session Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

The North Carolina General Assembly will host D-Day Memorial Celebration on June 6, 2019, at the historic NC Capitol Building.

RALEIGH, N.C. – On June 6, Senator Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson) and his NCGA colleagues will hold a special session at the Old Capitol in honor of the anniversary of D-Day. Several events will occur throughout the day to commemorate the veterans who served on this historic day 75 years ago.

On June 6, 1944, the allied invasion of Normandy, commonly referred to as D-Day, became the largest seaborne invasion in world history. Thousands of Allied forces lost their lives during the invasion, and countless more were injured. Their sacrifice and strength laid the groundwork for an Allied victory over Germany in Europe.

Veterans of D-Day and WWII are invited to attend the special legislative session so that they may be honored for their courage and sacrifices. Senator Edwards would like to extend a personal invitation to these veterans to be his special guest to the events. Please reach out to Senator Edwards’ office if you are a D-Day veteran or if you can recommend one, so that they may be recognized before the NC General Assembly.

Throughout the day, special honorary events will occur to commemorate those who sacrificed their lives on D-Day, including 39 North Carolinians.

“As this historical event begins to fade into forgotten history we owe it to these brave men and women, and to our future generations to celebrate and memorialize the strength and valor that the United States military showed on D-Day,” said Senator Edwards. “Our veterans and their families deserve to be recognized and remembered because they are the reason that we continue to have the freedoms that make this country, and our state great. The NC Senate wants to show our respects to those who put their lives on the line for our country.”

Itinerary for the 75th Anniversary D-Day special session

9:30 a.m.:  Military Band prelude. Military Reenactors, Military vehicles & equipment on Capitol grounds before and after ceremonies;

10:00 a.m.:  Senate Session at Old Capitol - Lt. Gov. presiding (30-45 min.) D-Day Veterans in attendance will be honored during Session, The French Consul and French Consul General give presentations;

11:00 a.m.:  House Session at the Old Capitol;

Noon:  Military Band - National Anthems of U.S. and France; Officers, Diplomatic Representatives, and Color Guard proceed to WWII Monument where the names of the 39 North Carolinians killed on D-Day will be read; Officers and Diplomatic Representatives conduct wreath-laying ceremony at WWII Monument; Firing Party Three-volley salute; Bugle call of TAPS; Flyover; and Military Band - recessional.

Ceremony planning is underway, but details will not be finalized until closer to the event. For more information, please visit NC48.com/Dday.