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43 WWII veterans honored with free trip to Normandy for D-Day anniversary
World War II veterans are spending time in Normandy this year in honor of commemorating the 79th anniversary of D-Day. Forty-three American veterans were once again flown on a special Delta charter flight ahead of the historic day thanks to Best Defense Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to help veterans and their families. The once-in-a-lifetime trip is free for the group of 43 veterans, who live all around the country, and includes well-trained, personal caretakers for the week-long program.The trip kicked off last week on May 30 with a special tribute dinner before everyone met at the Atlanta airport the next day.Scenes from the Delta Normandy sendoff at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. (Matthew Grimes/RANK STUDIOS for Delta Airlines) Delta employees decked out in red, white, and blue met the veterans before security – and what waited on the other side was something that called for the attention of the whole terminal. Music began to fill the halls, the patriotic sounds coming from a local marching band from Dutchtown High School.The veterans were then joined with an honor guard, the marching band, drum line, and foundation volunteers for a parade line down to their gate. "As the veterans rolled closer to their gate, French citizens ran up in tears, thanking them for their service," Best Defense Foundation said. And before boarding, many of the veterans spent time at a gate event to say hello to fellow Americans and grateful travelers.RELATED: WWII veterans return to Utah beach to honor D-Day on 79th anniversaryUpon arrival at Normandie-Deauville Airport (DOL), the veterans were greeted by Normandy residents, members of the U.S.
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