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Trip honors D-Day vets

Posted April 6, 2014
Updated June 6

Operation Omaha is looking for as many good D-Day veterans as possible for a free, overnight trip to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va. in June.

The June 6 trip marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when 195,000 Allied sailors, 160,000 Allied troops, 12,000 aircraft, and 7,000 naval vessels began the largest amphibious invasion in history. This invasion marked the beginning of the Normandy campaign and was the turning point in World War II.

The Triangle group will leave Raleigh on Thursday, June 5 at 1 p.m. and return the following evening. Transportation, hotel accommodations and meals will be provided. Each veteran will be accompanied by a guardian. Family members between 21-65 are encouraged to accompany their vet and the guardian. The trip is funded through donations.

First priority will be given to veterans who participated in the Normandy campaign between June 6, 1944 and August 31, 1944. A Normandy invasion campaign veteran (D-Day) is defined as any American veteran able to describe in writing their participation in the Normandy campaign or has documented evidence of receiving an official Normandy battle campaign credit. Acceptable participation would include involvement in pre-invasion air strikes, actual landing or air assaults, follow-up reinforcements, off-shore naval support, air cover or air reconnaissance missions, deception operations, and naval, land or aerial logistical support, medical, and resupply operations. Based on veteran response and available seating, additional WWII veterans may be able to participate in the trip.


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  • NC Reader May 9, 2014

    I wish I could go with them. What a wonderful group of people. And, Lobo, they include people who support President Obama. I know World War II veterans who are Republicans and ones who are Democrats. They were part of the Greatest Generation because those Americans put country before self and eschewed partisan politics for the war effort -- a value that is sorely lacking from many people in BOTH political parties today.

  • Kevin O'Donnell May 9, 2014
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    Folks, donate to the USO for this effort (click Operation Omaha in first line of article). I did. Please do so as well so that we can all show our appreciation to these vets.

  • lopo May 9, 2014

    They are the gratest generation, even if our President insults them and kicks them out of their memorial.

  • LetsBeFair Apr 7, 2014

    These vets are passing in droves. The Greatest Generation will be celebrated for many many years to come.