KENTUCKY (WHAS11) -- 2018 marks 74 years since D-Day, the day when over 150,000 Allied troops invaded five beaches along the coast of Normandy, France.
Jeff Thoke with Honor Flight Bluegrass made the trip to the Big Apple on March 8, to invite Kentucky native Diane Sawyer on that flight.
He met with her colleagues in New York, Robin Roberts and gave her some authentic World War II memorabilia.
“I was able to give her a World War II bag and Army Air Corp. cap that her father might have worn,” Jeff said. “I had another bag I asked her to give to Diana Sawyer because as members of Honor Fight Bluegrass we're inviting Diana Sawyer to go on our D-Day flight."
Jeff’s father was also a World War II veteran and being a part of the Honor Flight Bluegrass is a way he honors his father and other vets.
"I thought it would be appropriate for each of them to have one, with Diana Sawyer being from Louisville and then Robin Roberts father being a Tuskegee Airman," Jeff said.
Of the 16 million men and women who served in World War II only about half a million remain. Only about 4,000 reside in Kentucky.
That's why Honor Flight Bluegrass wants your help finding 60 of those World War II men and women to fly on their D-Day flight to Washington, D.C. to see their memorials this June.
“If anyone knows of any Veteran who would like to go on this flight, we would love to have them contact us," said Jeff.
Visit Honor Flight Bluegrass to find applications and support their efforts.