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Women Veterans Returned to Normandy for the 80th Anniversary of D-Day

What a heartwarming journey it has been for U.S. veterans and families making their way to Normandy on the northwest coast of France to honor the 80th anniversary of D-Day, a pivotal moment in history when the U.S. and Allied forces bravely invaded Europe during World War II back on June 6, 1944.

American Airlines went above and beyond by tracking down the last living World War II veterans, offering them flights to Normandy. On this special day earlier this week, there were only 68 heroes left who could embark on that incredible flight filled with gratitude and memories waiting to be made.

A group of remarkable individuals between ages 96 and 107 were preparing for an emotional return to a place where they once witnessed war's hardships as young adults. Before boarding their flight, these brave souls were celebrated with utmost respect.

Among those honored travelers was Jeanne Gibson at age 98 - one of three women veterans able to join this unforgettable trip. As part of the iconic "Rosie the Riveters," she played an essential role during WWII alongside millions who stepped up in support by taking crucial jobs like building war planes.

These courageous women shared stories about leaving college or stepping into unfamiliar roles at just eighteen years old - embodying resilience through challenging times. Despite all odds against them during wartime, they persevered with unwavering determination.

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