The echoes of World War II still resonate through the stories of bravery and sacrifice that shaped the course of history. Among the dwindling number of living witnesses to that era, Andy Negra, a distinguished veteran, was recently bestowed with the prestigious “Salute to Service” Award at the 2023 Patriot Awards, a momentous event hosted by FOX Nation.
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A Living Legacy of Valor
As the Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, World War II reached a pivotal moment. The courage exhibited by those who fought became the cornerstone of Germany’s defeat and the foundation of victory for the free world. Negra, a mere teenager at the time, found himself thrust into the heart of this historic battle, marking the beginning of a remarkable journey.
Receiving the award, Negra, now 99 years old, became the voice of not only World War II veterans but also of those who served in subsequent conflicts. With humility and gratitude, he expressed, “I represent all of the World War II veterans that are still alive, and for the other veterans out of the other wars, let me assure you, I represent you, too. That’s the Iraq and all the rest of them.”
A Trophy Crafted with Care
Award-winning actor Dennis Quaid and FOX News’ Johnny “Joey” Jones had the honor of presenting Negra with a custom trophy, skillfully crafted by third-generation carpenter Tony Siravo. This trophy stands as a tangible acknowledgment of Negra’s enduring service and the sacrifices made by countless others.
From D-Day to the Present
Negra, who participated in the D-Day invasion at less than 20 years old, shared insights into his post-war life. Reflecting on the world’s current state, he acknowledged the challenges but offered a message of hope: “I never thought that we fought so hard during World War II to find the country in a condition that it is today. But let me assure you — every time this country ever got into a problem, they solved it, so regardless of what’s going on now, we will break this badness and get back to the good.”
A Remarkable Journey
Beyond the battlefield, Negra’s life unfolded with resilience and love. He proudly declared, “After the war, I got two things that I’m very proud to say. I survived. And the second thing is, I met my wife, who I was married to for 71 years. She passed away six and a half years ago at the age of 90.”
A Living Testament to Resilience
In commemorating Negra’s journey, we not only pay homage to a war hero but also draw inspiration from a living testament to resilience, love, and the unwavering spirit of those who served. As we navigate the complexities of our world, Negra’s words echo a timeless truth — that no matter the challenges, the indomitable spirit of a nation can overcome and prevail.