About 50 members from the 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base are joining two other American crews in France for an airdrop Sunday in Normandy. The planned drop commemorates the historic allied invasion that happened on June 6th, 1944 during World War II.

Air Force Reserve Staff Sergeant Stephen Collier is among those in France. He says participation in the ceremony rotates between units, and the 302nd Airlift Wing was chosen this year. Collier calls it a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“We’re really connecting with what it used to be,” Collier says, “And…it’s just a great opportunity to be able really walk in the shoes of those who have lived history.”

Collier says the 302nd Airlift Wing and the other American crews from North Carolina and Ohio will parachute with partners from European countries including Belgium, France, and the UK.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

One Response to Peterson AFB Airmen to Participate in D-Day Commemoration

  1. Lewis Bosher says:

    What a professional voice! Well done, Martha Perez-Sanz!

News

EPA/Landov
July 4, 2015 | NPR · Beji Caid Essebsi’s office says the president needs the expanded powers to deal with extremists following the attack in Sousse that killed 38 foreign tourists.
 

July 4, 2015 | NPR · He invented the pompom and the iconic “Herkie jump” that remains a staple of cheering squads to this day. And, his National Cheerleading Association trains 150,000 cheerleaders a year.
 

Courtesy of the University of Illinois Archives
July 4, 2015 | NPR · During the World Wars of the 20th century, librarians played a role worth remembering.
 

Arts & Life

NPR
July 4, 2015 | NPR · Carolina de Robertis’ new novel God of Tango centers on a 17-year-old widow, recently arrived from Italy with little besides a violin. It’s Argentina, 1913 — and a magical new music fills the barrios.
 

July 4, 2015 | NPR · Elizabeth Wiley, chef-owner of two top Dayton, Ohio, restaurants, goes off-menu to cook beer-braised turkey thighs in her home kitchen.
 

July 4, 2015 | NPR · Former president Jimmy Carter was one of the youngest ex-presidents ever when he left office in 1981. His new memoir, A Full Life, looks back at his years of public service, in and out of office.
 

Music

TNS /Landov
July 4, 2015 | NPR · The Grateful Dead play their final shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field this July 4 weekend. NPR’s Eric Westervelt reflects on how the Dead disrupted the musical and business norms of the industry.
 

Courtesy of the artist
July 4, 2015 | NPR · He’s from New York City; she’s from rural Tennessee. But the husband and wife, each known for backing up roots music’s biggest stars, make it work on their new album.
 

July 3, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s favorite albums of the year so far range from hip-hop to Latin music.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab