More than a dozen military veterans living at the Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons came outside to see U.S. Rep. Jason Crow.
BY FREDA MIKLIN
On June 5, U.S. Rep. Jason Crow will travel to Normandy, France as part of a congressional delegation to celebrate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944, when 150,000 soldiers from the Allied Forces of Britain, Canada, France and the United States launched a combined attack of naval, air and land forces on German-occupied France, beginning on the beaches of Normandy. That successful invasion was the key to the Allies defeating Nazi Germany and winning World War II.
On June 1, Crow came to the Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimons in Aurora, where he spoke to over a dozen residents. He brought an American flag that was carried by a veteran of the war in Afghanistan to the sites of the U.S.S. Arizona and the U.S.S. Utah. He presented that flag to the residents of the Veterans Center “in memory of the brave soldiers who stormed the shore of Normandy in 1944.” Crow will carry it to Normandy, along with a flag certificate containing the signatures of veterans, then return the flag to the Aurora Veterans’ Home, where it will be housed permanently.
World War II veteran Willie Huver signed the letter that Rep. Crow will take to Normandy accompanying an American flag.
Crow is a former Army Ranger who served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning a Bronze Star before retiring at the rank of captain. After serving his country, Crow earned a law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He was in private practice at Holland and Hart before being elected to Congress from the sixth congressional district of Colorado in November, 2018.
Crow told the veterans, “75 years ago we came together in Normandy to liberate Europe.” He noted that the group of new congressional representatives elected this past November included the “largest class of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.” He went on, “It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican in combat. You work hard for a common purpose. We are bringing that spirit of service back to our nation.”
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