Thursday, June 5th
11:00 Vets/Guardians arrive at Dorton Arena
12:30 Depart Dorton Arena
4:30 Dinner at Golden Corral, Roanoke
6:00 Arrive at Holiday Inn, Roanoke
Friday, June 6th
7:00-8:15 Breakfast/Meeting (Hotel will set up PA system for us)
9:00 Depart Hotel for Bedford
9:45 Arrive at D Day Memorial
11:00 70th Anniversary Ceremony Lunch on Buses
1:30 USO Show
3:15 Depart Bedford
7:00 Arrive at Dorton Arena
On June 6th, 1944 (D-Day) 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 the war.
To honor the service and sacrifice of these WWII veterans, Operation Omaha will lead a Triangle area event to take these brave WWII veterans to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia on Friday, June 6th, which will mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. The D-Day Memorial staff is anticipating a crowd of over 10,000 people and in addition to seeing the D-Day Memorial with other WWII veterans that shared similar experiences, there will be a special D-Day ceremony, honor guard, guest speakers, and a USO show.
This will be an overnight, chartered bus trip from the Triangle. We will depart Raleigh–Thursday, June 5th at 1:00 p.m. and return to Raleigh-Friday, June 6th at 6:30 p.m. Transportation, hotel accommodations and meals will be provided. Each Veteran will be accompanied by a Guardian. We would like to encourage a Veteran’s family member between the ages of 21-65 to apply to be their Guardian and accompany them on this event. First priority will be given to family members.
First priority will be given to veterans who participated in the Normandy campaign between June 6th, 1944 and August 31, 1944. A Normandy invasion campaign veteran (D-Day) is defined as any American veteran able to describe in writing his/her 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, we may take additional WWII veterans beyond D-Day participating veterans.
Key leaders that participated in The Honor Flights across NC are directing this project. Our greatest challenge will be to identify these deserving veterans in the Triangle area. Our goal is that every eligible veteran that wants to go should go on this overnight, all expense paid trip. This event is funded solely by the generous donations of those that wish to participate in honoring our brave veterans that preserve the freedom that we enjoy today. Please consider a donation in memory of a deceased veteran that served in WWII. 100% of all donations will go toward the expenses of this 2 day trip of honor.