U.S. Vice President Mike Pence

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence gives his address at the D-Day Memorial in Bedford for the 75th anniversary celebration.

In honor of D-Day on Thursday, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence addressed the citizens of Bedford County and everyone in attendance of “The Final Salute” celebration at the D-Day Memorial in Bedford. This year is the 75th anniversary of the day that more than 100,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy in World War II.

“We’re remembering the service and sacrifice that triumphed over tyranny,” Pence said. “They won back not just a continent, but a world to freedom.”

In World War II, 20 men from Bedford lost their lives serving in the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division. Bedford suffered the highest per capita D-Day losses in the nation. The National D-Day Memorial honors the Allied forces that participated in the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, during World War II.

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