Scott, McEachin Invite WW2 Veteran Jack Ewald of Suffolk to French President’s Address to Congress

April 25, 2018
Press Release
President Macron Names Mr. Ewald in Speech Delivered to the Joint Meeting of Congress

Washington, D.C. – Representatives Bobby Scott (VA-03) and A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) invited Robert "Jack" Ewald of Suffolk, Virginia as their guest to attend the address delivered by French President Emmanuel Macron to a Joint Meeting of Congress. Mr. Ewald, a World War II veteran, fought in the Army's 115th Infantry Division at Normandy on D-Day. President Macron highlighted Mr. Ewald’s story in his remarks.

“It is my great honor to have Jack Ewald as our guest at today’s historic address by President Macron,” said Congressman Bobby Scott. “Jack’s incredible life story embodies the very best of our country. I am very pleased that more people were able to learn more about his service and sacrifice that helped free Europe from tyranny, and we are so thankful for his continued service to our community.”

"I am so pleased and honored that Mr. Ewald, a fellow Virginian, is able to be our guest for President Macron's address to Congress,” said Congressman Donald McEachin. “Mr. Ewald's bravery in service to our country and to defend our freedoms is an example to all. We are incredibly appreciative and humbled by his service and so pleased he can join us.”

Yesterday, Mr. Ewald was awarded the French Legion of Honor by President Macron for his service in France during World War II.  After D-Day, Mr. Ewald continued fighting with the Allied Forces and helped to stop the German advance to Percy. He was later captured by the Germans, and he then spent nine months in four separate German prisoner-of-war camps. The last camp was ultimately liberated by Russian forces, and Mr. Ewald was able to escape.

Photos available here.