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Newton Veteran receives American flag flown over U.S. Capitol

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) visited U.S. Army and D-Day veteran Sergeant Walter Atchison (Ret.) on Thursday to commemorate 75 years since the D-Day Allied invasion of Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, the thousands of American casualties, and the bravery and sacrifice of the Allied forces to liberate Europe from Nazi control.

Gottheimer presented Atchison with an American flag he had flown over the U.S. Capitol in his honor.

(Photo: Gottheimer thanks D-Day veteran Walter Atchison for his service./Courtesy Gottheimer’s Office)

Atchison is a Newton resident and is 102-years-old.

“We owe the freedoms we enjoy, living here in the greatest country in the world, to those who have fought to protect and defend those freedoms. Walter is a true American patriot and I thank him and all those soldiers for fighting against the Nazis to protect democracy and our ideal,” Gottheimer said.

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Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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