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Pickett Pays Tribute to Veterans, D-Day with House Resolutions
6/1/2010

To honor the men and women who have served our nation and to remember the sacrifices they have made, Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) sponsored two House resolutions that received the endorsement of the chamber. 

House Resolution 822 designates June 6, 2010, as “Veterans Appreciation Day” in Pennsylvania. The resolution notes the men and women from Bradford County and throughout the Commonwealth who have faithfully served in the Armed Forces of the United States. 

“Throughout this nation’s history, from the Revolutionary War to our presence in Iraq and other areas of the world, men and women of Bradford County and other counties from Pennsylvania have answered the call to defend our freedom, liberties and ideals,” Pickett said. “They have paid the supreme sacrifice by giving their lives.” 

For the 22nd consecutive year, a picnic will be held in honor of all veterans, and this year’s event will take place on Sunday, June 6, at Hornbrook Park in Towanda. This event shows the community’s appreciation to all veterans for their courage and sacrifice. 

“This picnic not only honors our veterans but this year is being held on the 66th anniversary of D-Day, the theme of this year’s event,” Pickett said. “I encourage residents of Bradford County to come together at this year’s picnic, and urge residents throughout the Commonwealth to pay tribute to our brave veterans by signifying June 6 as Veterans Appreciation Day statewide.” 

Likewise, Pickett sponsored House Resolution 672, which commemorates the 66th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of France and honors the heroic efforts of the servicemen who fought and those who lost their lives on June 6, 1944, as Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy. 

“D-Day was one of the most important turning points in the Second World War that helped liberate France and bring the devastation of war to an end,” Pickett said. “As more and more World War II veterans say their final good-byes, it is important to keep alive the memory of D-Day and all of those who fought in Normandy.” 

On June 6, 1944, American, British, Canadian and French Allied Forces set sail across the English Channel to launch an invasion of continental Europe. Three years of strategic planning produced the D-Day assault on the beaches of Normandy, France, to liberate France and overthrow Nazi Germany. Approximately 150,000 soldiers – including 57,300 American men – landed at Normandy and 15,000 American paratroopers dropped during the invasion. Six thousands Americans were killed or wounded. 

Both resolutions passed the House unanimously on May 26. 

Rep. Tina Pickett
110th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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