‘The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.’
—Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, 6 June 1944.

A pilgrimage to the beaches of Normandy to remember those who served and support our veterans through the Fisher House Foundation


On June 6th, 1944, more than 160,000 American, Canadian, and British soldiers landed on five beaches (Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha, and Utah), located on the Coast of Normandy, France. Up against a heavily fortified Nazi German Army, the Allies’ mission was to secure a foothold in Europe. More than 9,000 Allied soldiers would be killed or wounded along the 50 miles of Normandy Coast that fateful day. The success of the mission ultimately led to the Allies’ victory in Europe on May 8th, 1945.

In honor of those who have served, I will walk from the Museum of the Atlantic Wall to the Utah Beach Landing Museum. On my way, I will stop at the five landing beaches as well as the Normandy American Cemetery. I will set out on May 16th, 2018 and complete the walk by May 18th, traveling roughly 55 miles.

I am an Army veteran and Army reservist. On this pilgrimage to remember those who sacrificed so much in the invasion of Normandy, I will also be working to raise awareness of, and contributions for, an organization that works to support our veterans and their families.

I am a believer in Fisher House’s mission to help families stay connected while loved ones receive treatment at nearby VA facilities. Your donation can help military and veterans’ families feel that glimmer of hope when they need it the most, at a time of a medical crisis. 100% of all donations will go to Fisher House.

Donate with confidence: Fisher House has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator 14 years in a row and an A+ rating from CharityWatch/American Institute of Philanthropy.

All donations go directly to Fisher House and won’t be used to fund the Remembrance Walk.

Thank you in advance for your support!

To learn more about the Invasion of Normandy, click here.

About Hayden Blumenfeld

Hayden Blumenfeld currently resides in Irvine and is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where he completed ROTC. He is an Army veteran and currently serves as an officer in the United States Army Reserve.