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American Airlines Honors WWII Veterans with Historic D-Day Commemoration Trip

World War II Veteran Frank Perry

American Airlines has announced a significant initiative to honor the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France. Scheduled for May 31, the airline will transport 70 World War II veterans to France on a donated charter flight as a tribute to their service and bravery.

David Seymour, American’s Chief Operating Officer and a U.S. Army veteran, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to facilitate this journey, stating, "We’re honored to play a part in helping this group of heroic veterans return to Normandy." He emphasized the importance of preserving their stories and legacies for future generations.

The trip will include veterans like U.S. Navy veteran Felix Maurizio, who participated in the Omaha Beach landings, and Frank Perry, an Army Air Corps turret gunner turned Piedmont Airlines employee. The veterans will enjoy a kickoff dinner at the American Airlines headquarters in Fort Worth before a send-off parade at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

After spending two days in Paris, the group will travel to Normandy for commemorative events, including visits to historical sites and ceremonies honoring all who served during World War II. The journey will culminate in a ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery on June 6, where over 9,000 U.S. service members are laid to rest.

American Airlines has a longstanding commitment to supporting veterans, with partnerships including TriWest Healthcare Alliance, Gary Sinise Foundation, Robert Irvine Foundation, and Old Glory Honor Flight.

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