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D-Day Squadron Advances Support of Young Historians Program with Warbird Digest Collaboration

Oxford, Connecticut – October 1, 2021 - With a focus on documenting the untold stories of combat war veterans from across many conflicts in our world history, keeping these stories alive is a direct focus of both the D-Day Squadron and Warbird Digest. More recently, the squadron’s Young Historians Program (YHP) has grown to more than a dozen members throughout the US and Europe. Not all are aviation or warbird enthusiasts, yet all are passionate about our Greatest Generation, our many veterans who served and sacrificed.

“I am very excited to partner with the D-Day Squadron and DC-3 Society to provide a platform for young authors to write about history and aviation,” expressed Moreno Aguiari, director of marketing and business development for Warbird Digest. “It is important for us to play a role in safeguarding the heritage of the women, men, and the machines that fought for our freedoms.

Since launching to Normandy in May 2019 for the 75th anniversary of D-day, Warbird Digest has remained a loyal participant to the D-Day Squadron. Helping as a collaborative platform for sharing the hard work of the young historians brings two organizations closer in educating young people the work of veterans yesterday, for today.

"The goal of the Young Historians Program is educating today's youth on the historical legacy of World War II,” shared Michael Naya, Jr., founder. “This is done through surviving aircraft from that era, honoring our veterans and educational outreach programs. The Young Historians Program has developed into a small yet growing community of young historians, future educators, aircrews, and those from a wide variety of backgrounds who want to ensure the Greatest Generation and their achievements are not forgotten. By forming this program, we are ensuring that these stories will live on for decades to come."

By providing increased awareness and education using digital platforms, Warbird Digest’s goal is to reach younger generations and build a talented pool of well-informed social media influencers to boost the popularity and knowledge of aviation history.

The D-Day Squadron expects to grow the young historian base associated with the organization. With this strong collaboration, both organizations aim to bring more youth to events, flyover missions, commemorations, and airshows. Attendance at these related events allows for young members to have greater access to veterans, veteran aircraft and even participate as crew across our DC-3 operations.

The launch of this unique experience comes with the YHP’s own insignia designed to represent their growing programming. Created by affiliate partner, Django Studios, the new logo will be used across all work produced by these young writers, historians, enthusiasts.

For more information on becoming a student member of the Young Historians Program, please visit www.DC3Society.org.

Media contact: Lyndse Costabile at lyndse@ddaysquadron.org or 904-404-9192.

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About the DC-3 Society & D-Day Squadron

The DC-3 Society is a program of the D-Day Squadron with the purpose to promote DC-3 type aircraft airworthiness, serve members, and promote static and flying displays for future generations. The North American DC-3 Society was born to organize the collective efforts of enthusiasts, pilots, mechanics, and operators. It actively educates and involves the next generation in “flying freedom” and celebrates everything the DC-3 has accomplished in war and peace.

The D-Day Squadron is part of the Tunison Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. In June 2019, the D-Day Squadron led an American fleet of 15 historic, restored C-47 World War II military aircraft to take part in a flyover of more than 30 international aircraft to drop over 200 paratroopers over the original 1944 drop zones in Normandy commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The event honored the citizen soldiers of the War, whose bravery led the Allies to the liberation of France, and then to an end of the devastating War in Europe. The Squadron’s education program takes the compelling story of the citizen soldier to audiences at airshows and events off the flight line to honor these brave Americans and ensure their memory and significance is appreciated for generations to come. The group’s efforts are funded through the generous tax-deductible contribution of their supporters. Learn more at DDaySquadron.org.

About Warbird Digest:

Vintage Aviation Publications is a company founded by a group of passionate Warbird enthusiasts who love the history and technology Aviation Museums preserve for the public. It is our intention to play a role in safeguarding the heritage of these beautiful machines by providing increased awareness and education using internet based digital media and print publications. Vintage Aviation Publications is the publisher of Warbird Digest and WarbirdsNews.com.

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