(DEL VALLE, Texas) – A group of 41 Del Valle High School students joined 35 World War II Veterans for the Gary Sinise Foundation’s Soaring Valor Program on Wednesday. The group is en route to New Orleans for a special visit to the National WWII Museum. A sendoff ceremony took place at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport before the group’s flight to New Orleans, featuring a performance from DVHS student Trey Washington.

The high school students selected for the trip are representatives from a variety of student organizations and clubs. Each student is paired with a WWII veteran, providing an opportunity for the students to gain perspective and learn about the experiences of WWII on a personal level.

“For Del Valle High School to be selected to participate in this program, is an honor and privilege,” said DVHS JROTC Instructor Col. (Ret.) Michael Kinslow, “These students will gain a true appreciation of the sacrifices and commitments of our World War II veterans—our greatest generation. They will remember this trip for the rest of their life.”

The group will return to Austin on Friday, September 27.