Vice President Mike Pence speaks at Liberty University's Commencement ceremony in Lynchburg, Saturday, May 11, 2019. 

LYNCHBURG — Vice President Mike Pence will deliver the keynote address Thursday at the National D-Day Memorial's 75th Anniversary Commemoration of D-Day.

The memorial foundation said the address will be titled "D-Day and the Nation."

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the memorial at 3 Overlord Circle in Bedford.

Pence is the son of a U.S. Army second lieutenant and the father of a U.S. Marine Corps first lieutenant.

"Mr. Pence has long been a champion of our military and veterans and recently honored our fallen American military personnel on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery," the foundation said in a news release.

President George W. Bush dedicated the D-Day Memorial in June 2001.

Photos: Building the D-Day Memorial

Established by an act of Congress, the National D-Day Memorial was initiated by D-Day veteran J. Robert "Bob" Slaughter. The site covers 88 acres on a hill overlooking the town of Bedford. The memorial centers on a monumental arch with a single word, "Overlord," engraved at the top. Overlord was the code name for the Allied invasion of Europe at Normandy on the coast of France on June 6, 1944. The site was dedicated by President George W. Bush on June 6, 2001.

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