McMorris Awards Jubilee of Liberty Medal to Eastern Washington Veteran
(Washington, D.C.) Congresswoman Cathy McMorris (WA-05) is honoring Walla Walla veteran David O’Neill by awarding the Jubilee of Liberty Medal for his service in the Battle of Normandy during World War II. The ceremony will take place at 11:00am on Saturday, October 21, 2006, at Quail Run Retirement Community located at 1707 Plaza Way in Walla Walla.
“It is important that we honor our veterans and remember the sacrifice they made to ensure America’s freedom and security,” said McMorris, “Mr. O’Neill is an example of the courage our soldiers displayed during World War II, and I am grateful for the opportunity to recognize him and all other individuals who have served our country in times of war.”
The Jubilee of Liberty Medal was created by the Regional Council of Lower Normandy and the Governor of Normandy to honor veterans who fought during the battle which helped liberate France. The medals were originally awarded at a 50th Anniversary celebration held in Normandy in 1994. Many Washington State veterans were unable to receive their medal at the time, and now McMorris is working to ensure these veterans receive the recognition they deserve. Her efforts in this area are a continuation of those made by former Congressman George Nethercutt.
McMorris would like to honor all eligible Army Air Corps and Navy veterans who were at Normandy between June 6th and September 15th 1944. To receive the Jubilee of Liberty Medal, the veteran or the veteran’s family will need to submit an application and the veteran’s discharge paperwork (Army Air Corps: AGO 53-55, Navy: NavPers 553).
The application can be obtained at McMorris’ website or by calling the Spokane District Office at (509) 353-2374.