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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Teachers are Great Students!

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

Teachers are Great Students!

In the spring of 1999, Amelia Balaji was preparing to participate in the very first International Experience. She talked about her plans with Al DeCarlo, her AP American History teacher, who immediately caught her enthusiasm and began to see the benefits this voyage could bring to him. In July 2001, Al DeCarlo became the first teacher participant in Normandy Allies. He brought the lessons home, inspiring 28 Pittsford-Mendon and Victor NY students to follow the student path...

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A Journey of Discovery by Randall Lanning

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Featured, Tributes and Remembrances

A Journey of Discovery by Randall Lanning

My recent trip to France with Normandy Allies offered me a tremendous opportunity to learn much more about my late father’s participation on D-Day. My Dad, Marvin D. Lanning, served in the United States Navy aboard LCI (L)-506 (Landing Craft Infantry Large – 351 Class) on June 6th, 1944. The US-designed LCI was the smallest ocean-going landing craft used during the invasion, and was designed to transport and land a company of soldiers (about 200 officers and men). Of...

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