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Delta Press Release – Delta and Best Defense Foundation partner to bring WWII veterans to Normandy for 80th D-Day anniversary

In partnership with Best Defense Foundation and the support of Michelin North America, Inc., Delta will provide a special charter flight directly to Deauville, Normandy Airport from Atlanta on June 2 to support the veterans as they are recognized and celebrated with parades, school visits, ceremonies, the official D-Day Commemoration and more.

By |2024-04-29T21:46:25+00:00February 23rd, 2024|Battlefield Return Program, Normandy 2024|0 Comments

The Battle of the Bulge: A Desperate Gamble in the Ardennes

The winter of 1944 brought a chilling turn of events in the European Theater of World War II. Adolf Hitler, facing the crumbling German defenses on multiple fronts, conceived a daring plan for one last offensive that he believed could alter the course of the war. The stage was set for what would later be known as the Battle of the Bulge, a desperate gamble in the Ardennes that would become one of the bloodiest chapters in American history.

By |2024-04-29T21:46:27+00:00December 22nd, 2023|Stories From The Battlefield|0 Comments

Joseph Picard Awarded the French Legion of Honor

Cpl. Joseph “Joe” Picard was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur on Oct. 26. In English, it’s called the Legion of Honor and is the highest honor France can bestow upon its citizens and allies. Mr. Mustafa Soykurt, Consul General of France in Boston, Massachusetts, presented the award during a ceremony held at Picard’s independent living building. Picard was awarded the French Legion of Honor for his role in liberating France during World War II via 360 lb. high explosive shells.

By |2024-04-29T21:46:33+00:00November 13th, 2023|Veteran Highlight|0 Comments

Meet the Best Defense Foundation’s Medical Team

They defeated the Axis powers almost eight decades ago. Now, a group of 43 WWII veterans — with an average age of 100-years-old — have revisited their old battlegrounds throughout Normandy and paid tribute to those that never made it home. The Best Defense Foundation recently concluded its 79th Anniversary of D-Day Battlefield Return Program to Normandy on June 8. Veterans who attended the program could not go without the Foundation’s caretakers and medical team that form the program's backbone.

By |2024-04-29T21:46:36+00:00June 18th, 2023|Battlefield Return Program, Missions, Normandy 2023|0 Comments

Day 10 – 2023 Normandy Battlefield Return: The 79th Anniversary of D-Day Battlefield Return Program Concludes

Hearts are heavy but full of happiness. The Best Defense Foundation’s 79th Anniversary of D-Day Battlefield Return Program concluded as everyone loaded onto Delta Air Line’s plane, awaiting them on the tarmac. As a journalist, I’ve covered the Best Defense Foundation, so I’m no stranger to their impactful work. But seeing it from the inside out has shown me how much work every person puts into these programs, and I’m in complete awe.

By |2024-04-29T21:46:38+00:00June 16th, 2023|Battlefield Return Program, Missions, Normandy 2023|0 Comments

Day 9 – 2023 Normandy Battlefield Return: 1,200 Children Welcome WWII Veterans to Jeanne d’Arc Bayeux school, Best Defense says Adieu to Normandy

The Collège et Lycée Jeanne d’Arc welcomed 43 WWII veterans along with the rest of the Best Defense Foundation and its partners on Wed. The air was electric with the cheers of 1,200 French children beyond excited to see the veterans visiting their school. The foundation visited the school for a meet and greet that would allow children from Bayeux, France, to meet with their heroes, the liberators of Europe.

By |2024-04-29T21:46:41+00:00June 15th, 2023|Battlefield Return Program, Missions, Normandy 2023|0 Comments

Day 8 – 2023 Normandy Battlefield Return: Former Cpl. John “Jack” Foy Gives Speech Heard ‘Round the World

Boys too young to serve lied to get into the military so that they could fight for their country in WWII. Some as young as 15, and former Staff Sgt. Jake Larson was one of those people. He stormed the Normandy Beach on D-Day, braving heavy machine gun fire and artillery. He made it off the beach without any wounds, arguably a miracle. Now, he’s returned to the cemetery where so many of his friends were killed by Nazi machine gun fire on Omaha Beach 79 years ago.

By |2024-04-29T21:46:41+00:00June 13th, 2023|Battlefield Return Program, Missions, Normandy 2023|0 Comments