2002-04-13 / Community

Normandy Heroes To Get Medals

Normandy Heroes To Get Medals

On June 6, 1944, American troops stormed the coast of Normandy in what is now called the D-Day Invasion.

"Under brutal conditions, thousands of Americans were wounded or lost their lives," says Congressman Anthony Weiner. "The fought and won the most pitched and pivotal battle of the war."

In 1994, the Government of Normandy awarded the Jubilee Medal of Freedom to veterans of the invasion. The medals were distributed in France, and many vets were not able to go. They did not get the medal that they deserved.

Congressman Weiner wants to remedy that fact.

On May 27, Weiner will be hosting a ceremony in Gateway National Park in which he will award Jubilee Medals of Freedom to hundreds of Queens and Brooklyn veterans of the Normandy invasion.

"The veterans who fought in Normandy beat back the forces of tyranny and secured freedom for America and the world," Weiner says. "They are true American heroes, and I am honored to recognize them for their great sacrifice and courage."

Weiner says that any Normandy Vet who lives within the confines of the Ninth Congressional District can contact his office at 332-9001. That district includes the western end of Rockaway and a number of other Queens and Brooklyn communities.

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