This week marks 75 years since D-Day. After months of fundraising, cadets in Macon's Veterans of Foreign Wars at Post 658 will be landing in Normandy, France to honor that historic day.
"We put together multiple fundraisers and we've been very successful," says Perry Junior ROTC director Robert Spears. "We probably raised close to 30 thousand dollars for all of the different cadets."
The group threw events like a cross-county motorcycle ride and golf cart auction to raise money for the trip to Europe. Now more than two dozen of the cadets will be marching and parading in honor of those who fought in World War II.
"I'm nervous but at the same time, I'm excited," says Joshua Sands-Lee, JROTC cadet. "To be where I am at the age that I am on the 75th anniversary. I think that that's absolutely just meant to be and its an honor and a privilege. I couldn't have done it any other way."
The cadets have been practicing their marching for months and will also present a color guard.
"These kids have put in a lot of good work. I do this for the kids," says Spears. "And we've had a lot of great support from the community. More support than I anticipated."
Spears says that his cadets will be representing Macon's Veterans of Foreign Wars at Post 658 as they march.