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D-Day Squadron Announces Sponsorship of New Educational Program

Oxford, Conn. – March 6th, 2019 – The D-Day Squadron, Tunison Foundation, announced its official support of the “People of D-Day” resource trunk and its companion website at This is an educational initiative sponsored by Student News Net. A “trunk” is a trove of hands-on materials that connects students with the experiences of those that participated in the world’s largest seaborne invasion, as well as those whose lives were directly impacted by one of the most pivotal moments in history.

 “One of the core tenants of our mission is education,” stated Moreno Aguiari, Executive Director of the D-Day Squadron. “With the people who were actually there quickly diminishing, efforts such as this are the best way for recent generations to really understand the importance of the Normandy invasion for the preservation of humanity and freedom, and how we can learn from this event to plan for the preservation our own future.” A sample of what The People of D-Day trunk will contain:

  1. Two anchor books:

  2. “The Boys of Pointe du Hoc” by Douglas Brinkley

  3. “Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope, My True Story,” by Irene Butter with John Bidwell and Kris Holloway

  4. Map Puzzle of Europe in 1939

  5. A timeline for students to complete with stickers of key events during World War II

  6. Sample WWII V-mail form for students to complete and fold as soldiers and families did during WWII

  7. D-Day Squadron content to include detailed information on the C-47 airplane, the “Blue Spruce” North Atlantic Air Ferry Route, and content on the United States contingent of the DAKS over Normandy flyover for the 75th anniversary.

  8. People of D-Day: “Walk in Their Footsteps,” a spiral-bound book featuring key people, with copies of related primary source documents, to include:

  9. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander

  10. Group Captain James Stagg, Eisenhower's chief meteorologist (including copies of original weather charts from early June and an interview with a meteorologist who explains the forecast)

  11. Fred Bahlau: D-Day veteran who was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne (Student News Net interviewed Fred in 2009. He passed away in 2014.)

  12. Rosie the Riveter: Student News Net interviews with original "Rosies" who supported the war effort on the home front by working at factories building airplanes, ships, tanks, vehicles, and munitions

  13. Irene Hasenberg Butter: Irene was a teenager on D-Day and prisoner at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in northern Germany. She recalls hearing Allied bombers in summer 1944. Student News Net interviewed Irene in 2017 and 2018.

  14. Anne Frank: Anne and her family were still in hiding in Amsterdam on D-Day but learned of it on BBC radio. In August 1944, the family was betrayed. They were sent to Auschwitz. In November 2018, Student News Net interviewed Prof. Patricia Hall from the University of Michigan who found a musical manuscript at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, written by Polish political prisoners at Auschwitz. University music students performed the music at a concert at the university in November 2018. Video of the concert and Prof. Hall’s interview will be on the website.