The Best Defense Foundation and Delta Air Lines are excited to announce our Battlefield Return to Normandy in June 2024. 50 WWII Veterans will be escorted to this historic place to attend remembrances, parades and the official ceremonies of the 80th Anniversary of D-DAY while gaining closure and camaraderie in the twilight years of their life.

To ensure these heroes are never forgotten, we will once again provide the opportunity for STUDENTS to walk the footsteps of history with those who created it.

This twelve day program will bring them to places like Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, St. Mere Eglise and Carentan where the students will assist in escorting the veterans back to their battlefields.


  • Students must be between 16 and 22 years old
  • Have a valid passport through 2024
  • Speak clear, conversational English

Submission Details:

  • Submit a 2-3 minute video detailing the following:
  • Why is this history important to preserve?
  • Why do you want to participate in this program?
  • Tell us about how you help to preserve this history and/or help veterans in your community.
  • The top video submissions will sit for an interview with BDF and sponsor representatives.

We are looking for dynamic personalities that are comfortable on camera as they will be interviewing veterans and speaking about their experiences. Students should have a foundational knowledge of this history, but do not need to be experts. This program is an opportunity for them to learn, be inspired and share their experiences with their community.

Travel Dates: June 1, 2024 – June 12, 2024

All submissions are due by April 1st, 2024.

Submit all applications by email to Mayo Strauss at