HARRISBURG – The 70th anniversary of D-Day is being observed with ceremonies here and around the world. Over 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50 mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany. Speaking on the state Senate floor, Sen. John Rafferty of Berks, Chester, and Montgomery Counties talked about those who stormed the beaches and never returned. The lawmaker said we often remember Generals Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton, but it’s the names of the â€śgruntsâ€ť who stormed the beach who are just as big, if not bigger heroes for us in Pennsylvania and America. We as a country and a Commonwealth have a debt to remember them in thought and prayer. Rafferty added that we need to take time to thank those soldiers still living who served in World War II and those who survived D-Day. Rafferty sponsored Senate Resolution 502 to recognize the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The measure was adopted this week.