Mass. Reps. Moulton, Trahan travel to Normandy for D-Day 80th anniversary

Democratic Massachusetts U.S. Reps. Lori Trahan and Seth Moulton are set to join a bipartisan congressional delegation that will be in France for the 80th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

The delegation, led by U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., includes more than 50 bipartisan members of the majority-Republican U.S. House, their offices said in a joint statement.

The delegation is set to participate in observances of the anniversary on Thursday, along with veterans and their families, active duty service members, government, and military officials, and foreign dignitaries, they said.

“D-Day embodies our nation’s bravery, strength and resilience. Seventy-three-thousand Americans landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6th, 1944,” Moulton, D-6th District, a former Marine, said in a statement.

“Over 2,500 Americans lost their lives that day, and then thousands more in the weeks and months that followed. Now is the time to take in the stories and lessons of our Greatest Generation while we still can,” he said.

Trahan, D-3rd District, called it “the honor of a lifetime to join veterans, families, leaders, and so many others in Normandy.”

“Eighty years ago, tens of thousands of courageous Americans mobilized in response to the rising tide of fascism sweeping Europe and turning its gaze toward our shores,” Trahan said. “They crossed the English Channel and stormed the beaches of Normandy, confronting fear with unwavering resolve as they began turning the tide against tyranny.”

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