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.
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.