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Ford Fund Sends WW2 Vets to DC on D-Day - Web Exclusive

Upon arrival in DC, the vets were greeted by members of Congress at the Memorial.

Greg Emmerson
Jun 6, 2012 SHARE
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As part of its ongoing commitment to military veterans, Ford is marking the 68th anniversary of the D-Day landings on the fortified beaches in Normandy, France by sponsoring two Honor Flights for about 75 World War II veterans. The planes will fly from Michigan and Kentucky to attend the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC as part of the Honor Flight Network.

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In addition, Ford Fund also announced a $200,000 grant in order to buy eight vehicles for the Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network. This will bring to the total number of Ford vehicles in the DAV fleet to 164. All are used to transport disabled veterans.

This sum is in addition to $50,000 in grants for the DAV Winter Sports Clinic and the Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship Program.

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Trevor Bayne’s #21 Ford Fusion NASCAR raced on Memorial Day weekend with the DAV logo in honor of Ford’s partnership with Network.

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All the veterans are now in their late 80s and 90s. They were accompanied by their guardians are receiving an airport send-off from family and Ford employees.

Upon arrival in DC, the vets were greeted by members of Congress at the Memorial.

“The sacrifice and bravery of these soldiers serves as a lesson for all of us,” said Mike Bannister from Ford. “It is particularly fitting to acknowledge their service on the anniversary of D-Day, a crucial point in the war that took such a high toll on our troops.”

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