UPDATED 11:31 AM PT — Thursday, June 6, 2019
Vice President Mike Pence recently honored the U.S. soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy 75-years ago on D-Day during a speech at the National D-Day Memorial in Virginia.
On Thursday, the vice president spoke about the 30 National Guard soldiers, known as the Bedford Boys, who joined tens of thousands in storming the beaches of Normandy. 19 of the men died, giving the town of Bedford the nation’s most severe D-Day losses. At the time, Bedford had a population of about 3,200.
“The true memorial to the Bedford Boys and all the courageous Americans who charged the beaches of France 75-years ago today is our freedom!” Pence exclaimed. “The freedom they fought and sacrificed so much to defend.”
In 1996 Congress designated a plot of land next to Bedford as the site of the National D-Day Memorial, which serves as a monument to the more than 4,000 allied troops who lost their lives in the battle.
The vice president also repeated a quote said by President Trump Thursday, saying to those who risked their lives on that fateful day — “you are among the very greatest Americans who have ever lived.”