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Return to Normandy 2024: Arrival

Upon Delta's landing at Deauville-Normandy Airport (DOL), the WWII veterans were greeted by Brigitte Macron, the First Lady of France, and Delta CEO Ed Bastian as they deplaned onto the tarmac to passionate cheers from Normandy residents, members of the U.S. and French armed forces, French dignitaries and children.  

Escorted by the children, the WWII veterans and guests gathered in the airport’s new terminal, where Brigitte Macron gave touching remarks – a special moment for the WWII veterans and guests alike, specifically WWII veteran Neal McCallum who initiated the request for her attendance.  

Bastian took to the stage shortly thereafter, revealing a gift for Deauville Airport to signify gratitude for the strong partnership over the past three years. 

“We’re thankful to our partners in Normandy and at Deauville airport, who allowed us to fly directly into Normandy from Atlanta to ensure the comfort of our WWII heroes,” said Bastian. “Congratulations on this new terminal, and thank you for making this special flight the inaugural for it.” 

Other speakers included Donnie Edwards, President and Founder of the Best Defense Foundation; Patricia Miralles, Minister of Veteran Affairs; U.S. Ambassador Denise Bauer; and U.S. General Darryl Williams. 

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