This is the ninth year that Vi Ranney will be escorting veterans and others to Europe for the 68th anniversary of D-Day. The tour is produced by Rupiper Travel and designed by WWII veteran Dr. Brooks Ranney of Yankton, SD. Highlights will include:

• Paris, Normandy and Eisenhower’s headquarters in France

• Patton’s grave in Luxembourg

• The Battle of the Bulge area in Belgium

• The Remagen Bridge, Munich, Dachau, Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest and more in Germany

The tour features professional guides, great hotels, most meals and is economically priced. Two departures are slated: June 3-13 and August 8-18. Veterans are especially honored at the June 6th ceremonies.

Mrs. Ranney stated that “since our WWII veterans are elderly and often living on a small pension, a trip like this is not always feasible unless help is solicited. Therefore, we are asking individual, businesses, large corporations, VFW and Legion Posts and Departments for contributions of extra frequent flyer miles.

If we could get the air transportation covered for our needy veterans, they could afford the rest in most cases. Each year I hear from between three and four hundred veterans who would like to make the trip, but just can’t afford it.

After all they have done for us, isn’t it a shame they can’t go. They need to go back and make a closure. If you can help, please call me,” she concluded. Call Mrs. Ranney at 605-665-3596 if you would like a brochure or to donate frequent flyer miles.