Letter by the Mayor or Santa Fe, Mr. Javier M. Gonzales,
On this day June 6, 1944, 70 years ago, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice helped lift millions from under the heavy grip of tyranny and forever changed the course of history.
“Not just today, but every day, we must honor all the selfless service of men and women in uniform standing lonely watches on far-distant lands and, when necessary, standing fast against the forces of fear and tyranny. Yesterday, we lost Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez and like so many of his generation, he was not fighting for fame, riches, or glory, but simply because his nation needed him. We are so proud and grateful for the service of veterans like Chester and we must always remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and never returned home to their loved ones. The America we know would not be the same were it not for the men and women we honor today.”
~ Mayor Javier M. Gonzales