A Journey into History: Normandy Beach, France

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

A Journey into History: Normandy Beach, France

~Story by Joanne Miceli, Assistant Director of Communications at Blair Academy (Reposted with permission) The Allied Forces’ June 6, 1944, D-Day landing at Normandy Beach, France, was one of World War II’s most significant operations in the fight against the Nazi regime. This summer, Grace Miller ’18, Aidan Smarth ’20 and Associate Dean of Admission Teddy Wenner ’96 journeyed deep into the history of the battle and subsequent liberation of...

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New Stele Commemorates 1st Cemetery on Omaha Beach

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

New Stele Commemorates 1st Cemetery on Omaha Beach

On a warm, sunny afternoon in July 2016 Odile and Philippe Josse, president of the Omaha Beach/Bedford VA Association, invited Normandy Allies team leaders Marsha Smith, Peter Combee, and Charles Frick to their home overlooking Omaha Beach. There, Philippe spoke of his desire to establish an additional and more visible marker for the site of the first American cemetery on Omaha Beach. Marsha, Pete, and Charlie confirmed the need for this and spoke of the challenge of...

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An Eye-opening Perspective

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

An Eye-opening Perspective

After-Action Report: May/June Program by Mary Stubler Our group consisted of Team Leaders, Pete Combee and Mary Stubler, seven James Madison University students (Skye Burns, Maggie Hanks, Christian Locke, Kevin Ryan, Holly Schnader, Casey Walker and Ryan Walters), one student from Muhlenberg College (Summer Paris) and two adult travelers, Colleen and Sarah Green from Montana. Six of the students are ROTC. The time in London was well spent at the Cabinet War Rooms, the...

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An Amazing Learning Experience!

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

An Amazing Learning Experience!

“The thing that is great about Normandy Allies is the emphasis on war as a human endeavor with a lasting memory, and allowing long opportunities for us to spend time in the places where events occurred. This adds great context and insight into my understanding of the Landings. Josh Fulton, professor at Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) in Illinois, captured an essential aspect of Normandy Allies’ mission. Students from MVCC and James Madison University (JMU)...

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Normandy Veterans Join in the Journey

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

Normandy Veterans Join in the Journey

During the July 2016 program American veteran Steven Melnikoff joined our group. We were so grateful to have his company. Michael Yannaghas, our colleague in Saint-Lô and Steve’s host during our time in Normandy, shared Steve’s story. “Steven Melnikoff is 97 years old. His father was Ukrainian, and he had emigrated to the United States in 1914. Steve landed on June 7 as a member of the 175th Regiment. He was wounded two times, at Villiers-Fossard and at Brest. Cared...

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