THE REAGAN LEGACY FOUNDATION HONORS VETERANS WITH WALKWAY TO VICTORY PROJECT AS 76TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY NEARS ON JUNE 6
Michael Reagan, Son of Pres. Ronald Reagan, Shares the Importance of Memorializing Service in WWII
ENCINO, CA – With the 76th anniversary of D-Day coming up on Saturday, June 6, The Reagan Legacy Foundation – founded by Michael Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan – is proud to share the growth of their project honoring the brave men and women who served in the European campaign during World War II. Walkway To Victory will be a lasting and fitting tribute to honor those American, British, and Canadian soldiers who gave of themselves in service to the liberation of France and Europe in WWII.
In partnership with the Airborne Museum located in Sainte Mère Église, Normandy, France, the memorial walkway is made up of engraved bricks with individual names of living and deceased veterans who served during WWII, including the D-Day invasion at Normandy. D-Day took place on June 6, 1944, and this year marks the 76th anniversary. President Ronald Reagan was the first U.S. President to speak at Normandy on a D-Day anniversary.
The walkway, a permanent installation, connects the four buildings that make up the Airborne Museum which stands on the same spot where the first hours of the D-Day invasion occurred. The Walkway to Victory officially opened on June 6, 2018 – the 74th anniversary of D-Day. Sections of the walkway will also be dedicated to actors and athletes – such as Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable, and Joe DiMaggio – who put their careers on hold to serve.
Individual bricks commemorating those who served are available to anyone who would like to honor and remember a veteran. With a donation of $250 to The Reagan Legacy Foundation, the donor will receive a personalized brick in the walkway. Each brick can be personalized with three lines, including: names, ranks, branch of service, dates, or whatever the donor wishes. There is also an option for a five line engraved brick for $500. For each tax deductible donation, one brick will be laid. Throughout this on-going initiative, commemorative bricks will continue to be available for purchase.
The funds raised by this project will go to further education and remembrances of all those who served so bravely in the effort to defeat the Nazis and liberate Europe and restore freedom. In addition, funds will be used to provide educational scholarships for those men and women who are serving on the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. After three months of temporary closure due to COVID-19, the Airborne Museum will reopen on June 6th and the Foundation looks forward to laying 300+ commemorative bricks to add to the already expansive walkway.
There are so few WWII Veterans still with us and now is the time to honor them. The men and women who fought and won the great conflict are now in their late 80s and 90s and are dying quickly—according to US Department of Veterans Affairs statistics, only 389,292 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II were alive in 2019.
The Reagan Legacy Foundation Links:
The Reagan Legacy Foundation: www.reaganlegacyfoundation.org/
Airborne Museum: www.airborne-museum.org/en/
Message from Michael: www.vimeo.com/266921136