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File #: 190526    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 6/6/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 6/6/2019
Title: Recognizing June 6, 2019 as the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings in World War II (also known as D-Day). And honoring and recognizing the incredible bravery and sacrifices of the soldiers who risked their lives.
Sponsors: Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Blackwell, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Johnson
Attachments: 1. SignatureCopy19052600
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Recognizing June 6, 2019 as the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings in World War II (also known as D-Day). And honoring and recognizing the incredible bravery and sacrifices of the soldiers who risked their lives.
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WHEREAS, In the early hours of June 6, 1944, the Allied Invasion of Europe would begin marking a turning point in World War II; and

WHEREAS, The Allied Forces landed on five beach heads; Omaha & Utah beaches for the US Forces, Gold & Sword beaches for British Forces, and Juno beach for British & Canadian Forces; and

WHEREAS, Before troops would begin landing on the beaches at Normandy, airborne paratroopers would be dropped over key positions, installations, and objectives in order to inhabitant Nazi response times, destroy/capture bridges, and allow allied forces to expand the beachhead; and

WHEREAS, Paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions totaling over 13,000 men were dropped over Normandy, with the mission of the 101st Airborne to take controll over the causeways behind Utah Beach, and destroying roads and rail bridges over the Douve River; and

WHEREAS, The 82nd Airborne's mission was to capture bridges over the River Merderet, and destroy two more bridges crossing the Douve River; and

WHEREAS, Notably, many paratroopers were knocked off course due to cloud cover, intense wind, along with flak and machine gun fire from the Nazi's. While these obstacles made the mission of the paratroopers more difficult, they would ultimately succeed in their duties; and

WHEREAS, The troops landing at Utah Beach, from the 4th and 90th Infantry Divisions of the VII Corps initially benefitted from the poor weather. The currents pushed members of the 4th Division 2,000 yards from their original landing zone, to a less fortified position - enabling an easier landing; and

WHEREAS, From there, Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. made the decision to re-route all further landings on Utah Beach to his position at the less fortifie...

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