78TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY

To commemorate the 78th Anniversary of D-Day, we are providing 29 WWII Veterans with a once in a lifetime experience and bringing them closure by returning them to Normandy.

DAY 1

May 31st, 2022

What an incredible first night in #Atlanta! Thank you Delta Airlines and Michelin for the fantastic gala to kick off our program to #normandy! Tonight we embark on a historic flight into Normandy with 29 #wwii veterans to commemorate the 78th anniversary of #dday.

DAY 2

June 1st, 2022

DAY 3

June 2nd, 2022

Our arrival into #Normandy was absolutely fantastic! Thanks to Delta Air Lines for chartering this historic flight into #Deauville. This was the first time a commercial flight landed into Normandy.
Our 29 #WWII #veterans were greeted by 100’s of grateful French people who couldn’t wait to meet them and thank them. We still have so much more amazing things planned for these heroes in the coming week! Make sure to check daily to see what we are up to!

DAY 4

June 3rd, 2022

Day 2 in #Normandy covered all of the emotions. We started the day with a somber visit to The Brittany American Cemetery where our youngest (16) volunteer gave a powerful message.

The veterans then had a chance to walk the beautiful grounds and pay respects to their fallen comrades. We then visited the amazing Mont Saint Michel, where a large group of children and fans were waiting to greet our 29 veterans.

Day 2 in #Normandy continued. After Mont Saint Michel, we went to Carentan where 2 of our veterans received the French Legion Of Honor, the highest order of merit. We then finished the evening off with a beautiful dinner hosted by one of our wonderful sponsors, @michelin at the historic Chateau de Bernaville. Several of our veterans took the stage and wowed us with their stories and wit. What an incredible start to our first Normandy program in 3 years!

DAY 5

June 4th, 2022

What a parade!!!!!!! The city of Carentan always puts on such a great parade every year for our veterans. This year was extra special as the veterans were IN the parade. The smiles on their faces were contagious as thousands of people cheered for them! The veterans gave out their personalized trading cards to all the kids as they passed by and even our most soft spoken veterans were boisterously yelling “thank you”! The skies stayed clear until the very last person in the parade came through, but then came down with a fury of hail and heavy rain like we have never experienced. Don’t worry, though, the veterans were dry and warm thanks to our team who lives out our motto of #takingcareoftheoneswhotookcareofus #rememberdday

DAY 6

June 5th, 2022

Another day, another parade!
We started the day at La Fiere bridge for the annual paratrooper jump, which unfortunately didn’t happen, but it didn’t stop the veterans from having a blast meeting all of their fans.
The town of St. Mere Eglise always puts on such a wonderful parade! There must have been about 20,000 people who waited in some less than ideal weather just to have an opportunity to meet our amazing veterans. The energy there is always infectious and the veterans ate it all up! So much love from all the wonderful people of Normandy.

DAY 7

June 6th, 2022

Today, 78 years ago, young men stormed the beaches of Normandy to join the allied forces in the fight to rid the world of tyranny. Today at 97, our veterans stand on the beach for the first time since then in a grateful, free France. #rememberdday

DAY 8

June 7th, 2022

We love school visits! Every time we visit a school in France, the kids are all so excited to meet the veterans. When the kids from Charles Letot middle school in Bayeaux heard the veterans were coming, they spent months learning about each veteran and prepared a fantastic presentation for them. Each veteran had a chance to speak to a different classroom where the kids were eager to hear their stories.
2 of our veterans, Dorothy Jones and Bob Gibson, buried a time capsule with all the veterans cards in them, along with a few other items from the day, to be opened 10 years from now so future students can learn about their liberators. They even got a visit from the Michelin man!
That’s a wrap! We are on our home after an incredible 6 days in #Normandy for the 78th anniversary of #dday. We visited the American Cemetery at #OmahaBeach on our last day, and while there, the Patrouille de France did a flyover and #UtahBeach veteran, Joe Picard, was in the right place at the right time.

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