House Lawmakers Jump From WWII Plane to Honor D-Day


**Honoring Valor: Lawmakers Skydive for D-Day Anniversary**

80 years after the historic D-Day landings, a daring group of House lawmakers paid tribute to the heroes of that fateful day by jumping out of a World War II-era plane. The lawmakers, all veterans of the U.S. military, recreated the iconic descent into Normandy, France, to commemorate the pivotal battle.

Political Lines Blur in Historic Jump

The skydivers, a mix of Republicans and Democrats, included Reps. Mike Waltz (R-Fla.) and Jason Crow (D-Colo.). Their tradition, now in its third year, brings together lawmakers with a shared commitment to honoring the sacrifices made during the war.

Waltz and Crow, both former Army Rangers who served in the 82nd Airborne Division, view the jump as a profound tribute to their predecessors.

Pillars of Courage

Rep. Cory Mills (R-Fla.), a veteran of the 10th Mountain Division, dedicated his jump to Peter Arthur Durante, a 100-year-old World War II veteran who fought in the 119th Battalion.

Mills reflected on the significance of the jump, saying, “It’s a reminder of the incredible sacrifices made and how lucky we are as Americans. It’s a privilege to honor their memory in this way.”

A Final Farewell

With dwindling D-Day veterans, Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) acknowledged the poignant nature of this commemoration.

“It’s one of the last D-Day anniversaries where you have the opportunity to pay tribute to the veterans who were there,” he said.

The Men Who Made the Jump

Along with Waltz, Crow, and Mills, other lawmakers who participated in the jump included Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), Derrick Van Orden (R-Wis.), Rich McCormick (R-Ga.), Keith Self (R-Texas), and House Homeland Security Chair Mark Green (R-Tenn.).

Their bravery and dedication served as a testament to the enduring legacy of D-Day, a day that changed the course of history.