D-Day Squadron Advances Support of Young Historians Program with Warbird Digest Collaboration

A Kenilworth,NJ native and David Brearley graduate, you may know Michael Naya Jr. for his many articles about the history of Kenilworth and its veterans. Now Michael is a student at Kean University studying to get his B.A. in History, and after he finishes he hopes to get his Master's as well.
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Throughout their existences, both the D-Day Squadron and Warbird Digest Magazine have focused heavily upon documenting the untold stories of aerial conflicts, and the veterans who served in them. As part of their effort, the D-Day Squadron established a Young Historians Program (YHP), and this has now grown to include more than a dozen members from across the United States and Europe. While not all of these budding historians have a fascination for aviation or vintage military aircraft, they are unified in their passion for the Greatest Generation and our many veterans who have served and sacrificed.

Believing in the YHP’s purpose, Warbird Digest Magazine has begun collaborating with the D-Day Squadron on this mission. Commenting on this development, Moreno Aguiari, director of marketing and business development for Warbird Digest stated: “I am very excited to partner with the D-Day Squadron and DC-3 Society to provide a platform for young authors to write about history and aviation. It is important for us to play a role in safeguarding the heritage of the women, men, and the machines that fought for our collective freedom.”

Since launching to Normandy in May 2019 to help commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, Warbird Digest has remained a loyal participant with the D-Day Squadron. Serving as a collaborative platform for sharing the young historians’ hard work now brings the two organizations closer together in helping educate young people about veterans’ endeavors of yesterday, for today.

“The goal of the Young Historians Program is educating today’s youth on the historical legacy of World War II,” shared Michael Naya, Jr., founder. “This is done through surviving aircraft from that era, honoring our veterans, and educational outreach programs. The Young Historians Program has developed into a small yet growing community of young historians, future educators, aircrews, and those from a wide variety of backgrounds who want to ensure the Greatest Generation and their achievements are not forgotten. By forming this program, we are ensuring that these stories will live on for decades to come.”

By providing increased awareness and education via digital platforms, Warbird Digest’s goal is to reach younger generations and build a talented pool of well-informed social media influencers to boost the popularity and knowledge of aviation history.

The D-Day Squadron expects to grow the young historian base associated with the organization. With this strong collaboration, both organizations aim to bring more youth to events, flyover missions, commemorations, and airshows. Attendance at these related events allows young members to have greater access to veterans, veteran aircraft and even to participate as crew across the Squadron’s DC-3 operations.

The launch of this unique experience comes with the YHP’s own insignia designed to represent their growing programming. Created by affiliate partner, Django Studios, the new logo will be used across all work produced by these young writers, historians, and enthusiasts.

For more information about how to become a student member in the Young Historians Program, please visit www.DC3Society.org.


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