Friday, June 8, 2012
U.S. Ambassador to France parachutes into Normandy
Diplomatic Circles Report
The U.S. ambassador to France paid tribute this week to the brave heroes of D-Day with a daredevil action of his own--a parachute jump from 12,000 feet into coastal Normandy.
Charles Rivkin, 50, took the plunge to high light the role of Allied para troopers in the June 6, 1944, invasion that launched the liberation of Nazi-occupied France. Rivkin was accompanied by a team of elite para troopers from the U.S. Army, as well as by parachutists from France and--in a nod to today's very different alliances--from Germany. Some 25,000 spectators watched from the ground.