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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Normandy Allies 2016 Travelogue by Amelia Underwood

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

Normandy Allies 2016 Travelogue by Amelia Underwood

Preparing for D-Day… Bags are packed. Lists have been crossed off. Now it is time to reflect on the amazing opportunity that lies before me. Tomorrow evening, I board a plane for England to begin one of my greatest adventures thus far- retracing the footsteps of American soldiers in the planning and execution of Operation Overlord, otherwise known as  the Allied invasion of France during World War II. I have been selected to participate as a Military History...

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International Experience: July 12-24, 2015

Posted by on Oct 31, 2015 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

International Experience:  July 12-24, 2015

Glen Cooley gathered dirt from the area where his father was taken as a prisoner of war… Jackson Andrews laid flowers at the grave of his great-uncle… Charles Bill learned that his great-uncle is well-known as a hero in Normandy… Valerie Vaultier, our guide at the Memorial Pegasus Bridge, speaking quietly with Glen, telling of her grandfather who was with the French Resistance, was denounced, and taken to Buchenwald… Moments filled with meaning, moments which helped...

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