The 70th anniversary of D-Day saw hundreds of aging D-Day vets return to Normandy France to honor the sacrifices they and their brothers made as the “Greatest Generation” launched the invasion of Hitler’s Europe that resulted in the defeat of Nazi Germany less than a year later.
IAM Retiree Coordinator Joe Reilly jumped into France with the 101st airborne a few hours before the landing boats hit the beaches. The paratroopers were tasked with securing strategic objectives behind German lines.
NBC’s Brian Williams interviews Reilly and three other D-Day vets for a fascinating account of their experiences during the invasion and their trip back to Normandy for the anniversary. Some, including Joe, were returning to Normandy for the first time. Many others have been back before. First time back or not, nearly all acknowledge the likelihood that it would probably be their last.
At IAM Local 1584, we have a vibrant and extremely active retiree committee. I would encourage anyone to attend one of the Retiree Meetings. These meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 12:30 p.m.at the Local Lodge 1584 Union Hall, 8130 Baldwin Street, Oakland, California. Also on this page you will find resources and news regarding retired Machinists and other workers in California and in the United States. Support our retirees because they are the brothers and sisters that paved the way for the rights and strengths that we have today as Union Workers.
Links to Retiree Advocacy Groups:
The California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) is a statewide nonprofit organization that unites retired workers and community groups to win social and economic justice, full civil rights, and a better, more secure future for ourselves, our families, and future generations. (Click on image to learn more)
The Alliance for Retired Americans is a nationwide organization, founded in May 2001, with three million members working together to make their voices heard in the laws, policies, politics, and institutions that shape our lives. Over the past 10 years, we have grown to four million members with a primary objective to enroll and mobilize retired union members and other seniors and community activists into a nationwide grassroots movement advocating a progressive political and social agenda that respects work and strengthens families. (Click on image to find out more)