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34 lawmakers to mark D-Day in Normandy

 

President Obama will lead a large U.S. delegation to Normandy, France, on Friday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Europe.

The president is scheduled to speak at the event, which will take place after 4:30 a.m. EST.

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Nine senators will make the transatlantic trip, led by Sens. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyCongress should build on the momentum from spending bill Overnight Tech: Zuckerberg grilled by lawmakers over data scandal | What we learned from marathon hearing | Facebook hit with class action lawsuit | Twitter endorses political ad disclosure bill | Uber buys bike share Overnight Cybersecurity: Zuckerberg faces grilling in marathon hearing | What we learned from Facebook chief | Dems press Ryan to help get Russia hacking records | Top Trump security adviser resigning MORE (D-Vt.) and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerSenate GOP wary of new tax cut sequel GOP Senate hopefuls race to catch up with Dems Family, friends mourn death of Barbara Bush MORE (R-Nev.), the lone Republican.

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Twenty-five House members also will attend the international memorial service, with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in charge of 12 other Democrats and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) corralling the GOP side.

All 34 lawmakers will join Obama and French President François Hollande for ceremonies at Omaha and Sword beaches, two of the five sites in the massive military landing.

Defense Secretary Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelShould Mike Pompeo be confirmed? Intel chief: Federal debt poses 'dire threat' to national security Hagel: Trump is 'an embarrassment' MORE and Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryNorth Korea is moved by Pompeo diplomacy, but Dems dig in deeper Ex-Obama official Marie Harf, Guy Benson to co-host Fox News Radio show Five things to know about Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska MORE will also be in attendance.

Other heads of state planning to attend the commemoration include Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Queen Elizabeth II.

The Allied military invasion eventually drove Nazi forces out of Western Europe and proved to be the turning point of World War II.