Why fly to France to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and stay within the safe and comfortable barriers of the plane, when you can instead jump out of a plane and re-enact the original mission completed by allied paratroopers into Normandy in 1944?
That’s likely what Reps. Jason Crow and Michael Waltz would say. The bipartisan pair were the only members of Congress who, this past Sunday, took the same leap that troops from the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions took 75 years ago. You could barely even tell decades have passed by the looks of the near-identical World War II uniforms donned by the fearless 21st century parachuters aboard “That’s All Brother,” the original C-47 that carried the 101st Airborne into Normandy.
Both congressmen have roots in the Army. Waltz, R-Florida, is a former Green Beret while Crow, D-Colorado, is a former Army Ranger who served in the same 82nd Division that was part of the invasion of France. He also served in the 2nd Ranger Battalion that scaled the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc. In participating in the re-enactment of his heroic predecessors, Crow said that “to retrace their footsteps and to think about the sacrifices they made and how they paved the path for our freedom was very humbling.”
While the jumpmaster might’ve been comfortable enough to make the jump after 15 years, he admitted not feeling as comfortable with the aircraft that would take him up, up, and away.