D-Day Squadron Responds to Recognition of D-Day Veterans During State of the Union Address

Holocaust survivor Joshua Kaufman, left, applauds World War II D-Day Veteran Herman Zeitchik, joined by fellow D-Day veterans Irving Locker, as they are honored at the State of the Union Address Tuesday evening Feb. 5, 2019, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. ( Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
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Oxford, Conn. – February 8th, 2019 – The D-Day Squadron released a statement today, expressing gratitude for the acknowledgement during Tuesday’s State of the Union address of the profound contribution of D-Day Veterans to the liberation of the European Continent that reached a critical turning point on June 6th, 1944.

“If there is anything that expresses the fortitude, dedication and hope of the American Experience during the Second World War, it is the unbelievable sacrifice and commitment of those that faced Fortress Europe head-on,” stated Moreno Aguiari, Executive Director of the D-Day Squadron. “We appreciate the national recognition that these veterans received on Tuesday night and will use it as an inspiration to move our own efforts forward.”

President Donald J. Trump delivers his State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

The D-Day Squadron plans to honor veterans of the D-Day invasion through educational programs and air shows in the U.S. this spring, followed by events in Duxford, UK during June 2nd-5th 2019, and at Caen-Carpiquet Airport in Normandy, France, from June 5th-9th 2019. The pinnacle of the commemorations will happen on June 5th, 2019, when the D-Day Squadron will join its European counterpart, Daks over Normandy, to create an aerial fleet to cross the English Channel into Normandy, France.

“There’s a reason they call them the Greatest Generation,” declared Eric Zipkin, Director of Operations for the D-Day Squadron. “These individuals accomplished more in 24 hours than what most of us could ever dream of in a lifetime. We’re losing over 300 ww2 veterans each day. It’s now or never if we want to pay a serious tribute to their service, while enough of them are still alive to experience it.”

Be sure to keep up with the latest news on Day Squadron mission to honor the few remaining D-Day participants and their sacrifice for global freedom.

About the D-Day Squadron

The D-Day Squadron is the part of the Tunison Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. In June 2019, the D-Day Squadron will lead an American fleet of historic, restored C-47 World War II military aircraft in Daks Over Normandy, a flyover of more than 30 international aircraft to drop 250 paratroopers over the original 1944 drop zones in Normandy commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The event will honor the citizen soldiers of the War, whose bravery led the Allies to the liberation of France, and then to an end of the devastating War in Europe. The Squadron’s education program takes the compelling story of the citizen soldier to audiences at airshows and events off the flight line to honor these brave Americans and ensure their memory and significance is appreciated for generations to come. The group’s efforts are funded through the generous tax-deductible contribution of their supporters. Learn more at DDaySquadron.org.

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