This year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day and a group of North Carolina high school students are trying to make sure veterans who walked the beaches of Normandy can return.
Six students from Chapel Hill High School and East Chapel Hill High School have been fundraising to send two World War II veterans back to France.
“I’m Jewish, so I’ve always known a lot about World War II affecting my family in a different way than most. I just was so excited when I got the opportunity to honor these heroes that saved my relatives,” student Elena Lowinger says. “It’s a really special opportunity that I have.”
The students have sacrificed their weekends and free time to raise the money, but they said the sacrifice pales in comparison to the ones veterans made.
“To think that that person would give up everything, their family, their career, what they wanted to do to go sacrifice themselves for people they don’t even know, it’s just really incredible and really selfless,” student Kaelyn Elien says.