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Don Young pays respects in Normandy

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Congressman Don Young visited the American Cemetery in Normandy, France over the Memorial Day weekend to honor American troops who died in Europe during World War II.

Accompanied by his wife Ann Young, Alaska’s congressman traveled to Normandy without making a public announcement in advance, and only posted a brief note on Facebook about his visit upon his return:

“It was an incredibly humbling experience to spend part of the Memorial Day weekend on the beaches of Normandy, and later in the day, to pay respects to the fallen at the Normandy American Cemetery. Scores of American service members were lost at Normandy during one of World War II’s darkest days, and we will forever be indebted to their sacrifice and memory.”

June 6, 2019 marks the start of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy; the date this year in locations around the country is expected to be the last large gathering of World War II D-Day veterans, all of whom are advanced in years.
President Donald Trump and other world leaders will travel next week to Normandy to mark the anniversary of the invasion that led to the freeing of France from Nazi occupation.
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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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