Lessons and Legacies: D-Day 2014

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

Lessons and Legacies:  D-Day 2014

800,000 people journeyed to Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Landings. Normandy Allies was among those honoring the veterans and those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Our group of San Diego State University students, high school teacher, and adults, led by LTC Peter Combee and SGM Charles Frick, joined the 29th Division veterans on Omaha Beach at 06:00 on June 6. The rising sun found hundreds gathered on the sands to welcome and applaud the...

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International Experience July 2013

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

International Experience July 2013

A Whole New Meaning: International Experience 2013 Normandy Allies had a new look as it took its largest group ever (32 travelers) on its 15th annual trip to visit the sites of the 1944 Normandy landings and battles of World War II. During July 14-27, 19 students, three teachers, and six other adult travelers toured with a team of four Normandy Allies’ Board members: Marsha Smith (President), LTC(Ret) Peter Combee, SGM(Ret) Charles Frick, and Walter Carter (author). Part of...

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Graduate Students in Normandy 2012

Posted by on Nov 22, 2012 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

Graduate Students in Normandy 2012

SDSU Graduate Students in Normandy Thank you to Normandy Allies for a great and memorable trip! —Aaron Sultan, SDSU student, Normandy Allies Facebook page, June 12, 2012 As part of their studies, fourteen San Diego State University graduate students traveled to Normandy, May 23-June 7, 2012 visiting sites significant to the history of the 1944 landings and liberation. Professor Jeffrey McIllwain, head of the SDSU Graduate Program in Homeland Security described the focus of...

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International Experience July 2012

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in Trip Photos and Stories

International Experience July 2012

International Experience 2012: July 15-27, 2012 “Normandy Allies is a group that promotes friendship between the United States and Normandy by honoring the history of the 1944 landings.” So said, former Vierville s/Mer mayor, Jean Marie Oxeant, as he introduced Normandy Allies’ President Marsha Smith to current Mayor Antoine de Bellaigue. The opening and closing events of this year’s journey area metaphor for this mission. We began at the Wall of...

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Reflections from a Chicago Teacher

Posted by on Dec 6, 2011 in Trip Photos and Stories

Reflections from a Chicago Teacher

by Leanne Dumais, Admiral Rickover Naval Academy, Chicago IL During my Normandy Allies experience, I began to rethink my teaching strategy. As I visited each monument and beach, I realized how differently I want to approach WWII now. Looking over my old curriculum, I realized how little we discuss the landings. Our World Studies course has always focused on overall themes and not on specific events. Honestly, after this experience, that cannot be the case anymore. It is...

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South Carolina Teacher with Normandy Allies

Posted by on Nov 22, 2011 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

South Carolina Teacher with Normandy Allies

A New Meaning—A Fresh Understanding —John L. Kuntz, Ph.D., Sergeant Major, U.S. Army (R), SAI, ROTC Commander The 2011 Normandy Allies excursion was the culmination of 34 years of military service and nine years of teaching ROTC in High School and English in college at the Citadel.  Well do I remember the last 16 years of my career in the 29th Light Infantry Division and all the trips that I missed to England and France and the Normandy Battlefields.  After serving s an AGR...

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