In this email update:
The 75th anniversary of D-Day
This week we honor the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. This was the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe.
Five years ago, my son and I visited those historic beaches on an alumni trip organized by Lycoming College. Though today the beaches are peaceful, it is hallowed ground where over 4,000 Allied troops lost their lives.
When touring the German gun emplacements, I asked one of my favorite history professors, Dr. Bob Larson, this question. His answer will remain with me for the rest of my life. “Why, given the terrible and bloody price our soldiers paid that awful day, didn’t we invade somewhere else?” Dr Larson’s response: “because all of the alternatives were worse.” That is one of the main lessons for us regarding D-Day.
It is vital that we commemorate this day, not only for the thousands of lives lost, but also as the beginning of a strategic offensive that ultimately led to the defeat of Hitler. I co-sponsored a resolution to honor and remember this important event in world history.
Details from my recent telephone town hall/Facebook Live event
On Monday, I held a telephone town hall event for the residents of Schuylkill and Berks Counties. This event was especially unique because this was the first time that we utilized Facebook Live so people could watch the event in real-time.
We discussed issues ranging from school property tax reform to our ongoing battle against blight. Thank you for all who participated in the event. You can watch the event in its entirety at the link provided here.
Speaking to the Berks County Clubman’s Association Convention
On Saturday morning, I spoke to the Berks County Clubman’s Association Convention near Bernville on the importance of volunteer non-profits and their contributions to the community.
This association is made of non-profit organizations like local Fire Companies, VFW’s, Legions, and other beneficial associations for the betterment of the community. Thanks for the invitation, and for your good work!
Introducing my new intern and my job shadow
On Tuesday, June 3rd, I was happy to introduce my intern Tyler Cooper and my job shadow Seth Hubler on the floor of the Senate. Tyler is from Pottsville and attended Nativity BVM. He is currently a student at Penn State majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Homeland Security. Seth Hubler is from Minersville and attended Minersville High School. He is planning on attending Penn State and dual majoring in Business and Political Science.
Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month
June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, with advocates visiting my capitol office in order to discuss issues involving hiring requirements for healthcare providers and medical assistance. This is a truly awful disease which has affected so many of our friends and family members. I will continue to support the cause of fighting Alzheimer’s.
Prisoner of War & Missing in Action Awareness Event
The Prisoner of War Missing in Action Forget-Me-Nots invite you to join them for a POW/MIA Flag dedication. This event is taking place on June 13 starting at 11:00 a.m. It will take place in the parking lot of Redner’s Warehouse Market, located at 5471 Pottsville Pike in Leesport.
The event is being held one day before Flag Day. During the dedication a large 12ft x 18ft POW/MIA flag will be unfurled.
Opening of Fighter’s Heaven near Deer Lake
Last Saturday, I attended the grand opening of the renovated Fighter’s Heaven, the former Muhammad Ali Training Camp near Deer Lake. Many friends of Muhammad Ali told stories about him and the facility. You can read more about it here.
My favorite exhibit is contained in the red poster below…check out this classic quote from Ali, it was true then and it remains VERY true today:
Upcoming fishing events in the district
This Saturday, there will be a family fishing event at Blue Marsh Lake near Leesport. It will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Pre-registration is required and you can register here. Fishing poles and fishing licenses will be provided and more information can be found here.