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June 4th, 2009
Tucson D-Day Survivor to be Honored in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva announces the arrival of one of the last remaining D-Day survivors to Washington D.C. for a long overdue recognition of his service to the United States.

Mr. Fred Wedhorn, a Tucson resident, is one of the last surviving World War II veterans who was part of the D-Day invasion. D-Day was the largest single-day invasion by water, of all time. On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied Powers troops landed along 50-miles of the densely-guarded French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France.

“It is truly an honor to be in the presence of such a courageous man,” Grijalva said. “The bravery that Mr. Wedhorn and all the Allied troops showed that day was unparalleled. The D-Day invasion signaled the defeat of Hitler and the end of Nazi dominance, and ensured the protection and freedom for the world’s citizens. I welcome Mr. Wedhorn to Washington and thank him for his service to our nation.”

A decorated United States Army veteran, Mr. Wedhorn will celebrate his 97th birthday on June 23rd.

For the 65th anniversary of that invasion, Mr. Wedhorn is being honored through the Honor Flight’s “Lone Eagle” program, whose mission is to fly World War II Veterans to Washington D.C. to visit their memorial.

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