McMorris Awards the Jubilee of Liberty Medal to Seven Washington State Veterans

Jan 04, 2009

(Washington, D.C.)  Congresswoman Cathy McMorris (WA-05) will honor seven World War II veterans who served in Operation Overlord at Normandy by awarding them the Jubilee of Liberty Medal. The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, October 5th at 2 PM at the Yakima Armory located at 2501 Airport Lane.

“It is important to honor the men and women who fought to ensure our country’s security and freedom,” said McMorris. “I am excited to be continuing this program and I am grateful for the opportunity to recognize these brave individuals who fought during World War II.

McMorris is continuing this award program that was first started by former Representative George Nethercutt who wanted to award veterans for their dedication and service. The Jubilee of Liberty Medal was created by the Regional Council of lower Normandy and the Governor of Normandy to honor veterans of Operation Overlord. 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.

This event is open to the public and will include representatives from Congressman Doc Hastings’ office, American Legion Post 36 and VFW Post 379.

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