For the first time, an American airline will fly directly to Normandy, with 30 World War II veterans on board. Delta flies them to commemorate the annual Z-Day invasion of 1944. Each veteran will be associated with a current Delta employee who also served in the U.S. military.
“This historic flight exemplifies the leadership of the Delta people and the testament that ‘No one connects the world better,'” said Jim Graham, CEO of Endeavor and executive sponsor of Delta’s Veterans Business Resource Group. “The charter builds relationships as Delta veterans escort the largest generation to the Normandy landing sites, where they will be received, celebrated and hosted by people whose families were released on June 6, 1944.”
On June 1, this unique charter flight departed from Atlanta to Deauville, France, for a week-long program of events, which includes the Official Commemoration of Z-Day on June 6. It is in partnership with the Best Defense Foundation.
“The mission of the Best Defense Foundation is to take care of those who have taken care of us,” said Donnie Edwards, founder of the Best Defense Foundation. “Through this amazing partnership with Delta Air Lines, we are able to fulfill this mission and give these heroes the opportunity to reconnect with their brothers, to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and to celebrate the release of an ally.”
This unique book has its roots in film The girl who wore freedoma documentary depicting the annual commemorations in France, which was added last year to Delta Studio.
“During my film work, I hoped to have the opportunity to bring more veterans to this historic site, helping them to close and allowing them to experience the immense gratitude of those who helped them. release “said Christian Taylor, the film’s director. director. “There’s no better tribute to” The Girl Who Wore Freedom “than the fact that our film inspired this return trip in partnership with Best Defense Foundation, Delta Air Lines and Michelin, in honor of the 78th anniversary of Zilei Z. ”
As one of the main characters in the film, Dany Patrix Boucherie is photographed as a child wearing a parachute dress by American soldiers who released her and her family 78 years ago. Dany returned to Normandy with World War II and Delta veterans.
More than 9,000 Delta employees are veterans, many of whom continue to serve in the Guard or Reserve. Delta veterans for this flight have been selected from the Delta Veterans Business Resource Group, several of whom have personal ties to the cause.
Captain Dan Bauer will honor his grandfather, who served as a B-24 pilot in the Army Air Corps in World War II and inspired him to become an Air Force pilot. This opportunity will bring the story of his family full circle in the service of others who have served.
“We meet, connect and share camaraderie with these incredible veterans, and we do this more than just a trip back to the battlefield,” Bauer said. “Delta is leading by example by putting people, resources and, most importantly, the soul to make this truly amazing event a reality.”
Delta’s Veterans Business Resource Group has more than 1,400 members and provides opportunities for professional development, networking, and community service for veterans and military supporters.