Students Raise Money to Send Vets to Normandy for D-Day

Updated: Oct 25, 2019

“It’s important for us to show that we still care. And that we still remember everyone’s sacrifice," a high school sophomore said.

U.S. World War II veterans Joseph George Chall, fourth from the left, and James Anthony "Jacques" Michienzi, third from the right, pose with children prior to taking part in a ceremony on Omaha Beach in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, western France on June 5, 2019, in homage to native American Indians who took part in the D-Day landings of World War II.Loic Venance / AFP - Getty Images

Six North Carolina high school students raised $25,000 to send two World War II veterans to Normandy for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, according to NBC News.

The students, sophomores at Chapel Hill High School, raised the money through presentations at school events, working concessions at dances and athletic events and with other speaking engagements in the community.

As a result, Jacques Michienzi, 95, who served as an Army Airborne Ranger in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, and George Chall, 96, a combat medic with Gen. George Patton's Third Army in World War II, were able to visit Normandy with their loved ones this week, according to NBC.

During the event commemorating the event Thursday, all six students, who study French, will accompany them as interpreters, as will teachers Tony Carter and Robin McMahon, who have been organizing such trips since the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

"The reason why I'm standing here is because these men stood here - 75 years ago," one of the students, Elena Lowinger, told NBC News, "and as a Jewish girl, it's something I can never say thank you enough for."

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