H.Res. 259: Expressing the gratitude and appreciation of the House of Representatives for the acts of heroism and military achievement by the members of the United States Armed Forces who participated in the June 6, 1944, amphibious landing at Normandy, France

H.Res. 259

Expressing the gratitude and appreciation of the House of Representatives for the acts of heroism and military achievement by the members of the United States Armed Forces who participated in the June 6, 1944, amphibious landing at Normandy, France

Date
June 2, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H.Res. 259 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. John Boozman (R-AR) on March 18, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 259 resolves that the House of Representatives:

•  "Recognizes the 65th anniversary of the Allied amphibious landing on D-Day, June 6, 1944, at Normandy, France, during World War II;

•  "Expresses its gratitude and appreciation to the members of the United States Armed Forces who participated in the D-Day operations; and

•  "Requests the President to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe the anniversary with appropriate ceremonies and programs to honor the sacrifices of their fellow countrymen to liberate Europe."

 

Background

June 6, 2009, marks the 65th anniversary of the Allied assault on Normandy, France, by American, British, and Canadian forces. This attack is known as Operation Overlord. At the time, German troops occupied France. This D-Day landing was the largest amphibious assault in history and involved about 31,000 U.S. service members. Over 6,000 Americans were injured or killed on the first day of the landing.