Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska lawmakers will attend D-Day ceremonies in Normandy

Jun 6, 2019
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WASHINGTON — Several Nebraska lawmakers will attend the ceremonies in Normandy commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Rep. Don Bacon said he appreciated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi inviting him to participate in Thursday’s events.

The Omaha-area congressman has read much about D-Day and said he looks forward to walking the beaches and soaking up the history.

“This has been on my bucket list,” Bacon said. “This is something I’ve dreamed about doing.”

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry is also slated to attend the ceremonies. He noted this could be the last major D-Day anniversary where veterans from that historic day are present at the commemoration.

Fortenberry said he feels a personal connection to the events given that his grandfather was killed in action in France in November 1944.

“Keeping the memory of the great battle alive is so critical to America’s commitment to nobility,” Fortenberry said.

Also joining the American delegation will be Sen. Deb Fischer, who cited her own family’s role in the conflict.

“My father served in World War II,” Fischer said in a statement. “Two of my uncles received Bronze Star Citations for their brave service in the European Theater. Our nation is forever grateful for the service, dedication, and sacrifice of the Greatest Generation.”

 

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