International Experience: July 12-24, 2015

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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 everyone on the trip better understand the scope and impact of the Normandy Landings—a massive undertaking became personal. A student observed: “Sometimes I feel as though many people often forget, or don’t even understand for that matter, what it was like for people living during the war. These experiences definitely meant a whole lot to me personally.”

Our journey this year followed our traditional route through the British, Canadian, and American Landing Beaches to Trevières and Colombières, and on to Saint-Lo. We added a full day in order to include the Brittany American Cemetery in St. James.

To close this 18th International Experience, we spent the final morning at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville. We arrived just before the gates opened, the morning light touching the white crosses and Stars of David, silence reigning as we began our visit. Some went down the cliff steps for another visit to Omaha Beach. Some went to the Visitors’ Center. All visited the graves of our soldiers, the hours passing swiftly as the crowds grew. Our visit concluded at noon with a formal wreath-laying ceremony at the Spirit of Youth Rising from the Waves. Our National Anthem again filled the air, as it had at so many of our ceremonies throughout Normandy. Taps followed, and then the wreath was placed.

We are grateful to our donors. Eight students received Travel Grants and participated in creating a journal of the visit. Five students led Remembrance Ceremonies at the Abbaye d’Ardenne, rue Captain Carter, 29th Division Monument at Vierville s/mer, First Division Monument at Colleville s/mer, and the site of the first American cemetery on Omaha Beach. The three teachers who received Travel Grants participated in the wreath-laying at Colleville cemetery, signifying that the mission will continue as they return to their classrooms.

Spirit of Youth

Spirit of Youth Rising from the Waves at Coleville Cemetery

The Journal by Normandy Allies Students

Olivia Gibson, Madison Schrantz, Charles Bill, Jackson Andrews, Grace Boak, Shelby Teets, Kati Kissane, Madeline Leon at the Caen Peace Memorial

Olivia Gibson, Madison Schrantz, Charles Bill, Jackson Andrews, Grace Boak, Shelby Teets, Kati Kissane, Madeline Leon at the Caen Peace Memorial.

Journal of Normandy Allies Student Participants
International Experience July 2015

Student: Madeline Leon
Date Reported: July 13-14

List the program events of this day:

  • Caen Memorial to Peace
  • Orientation with LTC Combee
  • Bayeux Tapestry, Guided Tour of Cathedral of Bayeux
  • British Cemetery

Describe 1-2 events of this day:

Upon our arrival in Normandy, the group’s first stop was at the Caen Peace Memorial, outside of Bayeux. With exhibits ranging from life before WWII and a museum inside of a German bunker, you can imagine the thrill of being in such a thought-provoking place. I found the German bunker museum to be the highlight of my day. Of course, a museum is a museum and it is fill of old artifacts that you wouldn’t see elsewhere, but the thing was that we were walking inside a German bunker. It was eye-opening to be in a historic place, not to mention the bunker was huge. If I hadn’t gone inside, I never would have known what a bunker actually looked like size-wise, which would be a shame. Overall, our trip to the Peace Memorial was a great way to start the trip and gain some background information before we started.

The second day started with an orientation and then a trip to the Bayeux Tapestry. I’ve never seen something so intricate, as well as intriguing, in my life. Even though we had been here for only two days, the Tapestry is my favorite thing we’ve seen yet. The story on the Tapestry is described smoothly through stitched pictures. My first impression of the Tapestry was that it was a long fabric depicting a story of succession. However, after listening to the story while walking aside each scene was truly fascinating. Not to mention just thinking about the time and intricacy spent on this Tapestry is mind blowing. The fact that the message was stitched out so clearly really made the experience that much more interesting. With a packed first two days, I got to catch a glimpse at what the rest of the trip will be like and I’m very excited to see what else is in store these next two weeks.

Describe your experience of the French during this day:

The French were great both days; everyone is so friendly and courteous here. I haven’t stayed with my host family yet, but I’m sure they’ll be a pleasure to be around. I’ve been able to communicate in French too, especially with the hotel receptionist, which was great.

Tell the main thing that you carry away from the experience of this day:

The main thing I’ll take away from today will probably be the fact that the people of Normandy take so much pride in the history of where they come from, which is heartwarming. I’ll definitely be thinking about how Bayeux went basically untouched on D-Day because the Cathedral and park and everything we saw today are still, to this day, absolutely stunning.

Student: Madison Schrantz
Date Reported: July 15

List the program events of this day:

  • Arromanches: Mulberry Museum & Circular Theater
  • Longues s/Mer Battery-Gold Beach
  • Evening lecture by Graham Hollands

Describe 1-2 events of this day:

Our day was filled with many events but a few really stick out. The mulberry museum was filled with incredible model display cases which were so realistic. I learned that the harbors were conceived and built in two years, which blew my mind. Another meaningful and powerful event we experienced was watching the D-Day film in the circular theater. We have watched many short films since being here in Normandy and that was the best explanation and visual of the historical event, D-Day. The evening lecture we listened to was enthralling. It helped us compare the Axis and Allies leaders. I walked away with useful and meaningful life lessons.

Describe your experience of the French during this day:

The tour guide at the Mulberry Museum had a heavy French accent and was a little hard to understand. Also the encounters with the French waiters have been interesting dealing with the cultural manners/politeness.

Tell the main thing that you carry away from the experience of this day:

I took away emotional sympathy and historical knowledge from the Mulberry Museum. Also I took away life leadership skills from the evening lecture that also made real connections between the D-Day event and our lives today.

Student: Kati Kissane
Date Reported: July 16

List the program events of this day:

  • Juno Beach, Ouistreham-Sword Beach area
  • Abbaye d’Ardenne & Remembrance Ceremony for Canadians
  • Pegasus Bridge and Museum, Café Gondrée, Glider landing area
  • Group dinner at L’Assiette Normand

Describe 1-2 events of this day:

The first thing we did today was visit Juno Beach and take a tour of some of the bunkers and tunnels that the German army had created as part of their fortifications on the beach. Our tour guide explained to us that the Germans enlisted the local citizens to build these for them. He also explained that the French people would try to undermine the solders and compromise the integrity of the structures in whatever ways they could. This included not using steel reinforcements in the walls of the tunnels. It was interesting because those French citizens did this even when it would affect the soldiers, but they did it anyways. And, it did give the Allies an advantage on D-Day by closing off the underground tunnels.

We also went to the Pegasus Bridge Memorial. It was really cool to see how three parts of the whole operation really affected the success of the beach landings as well as getting to see the circumstances and the environment that surrounded the bridge; because being there really provides a unique perspective to the landing and how incredible the success really was.

Pegasus Bridge

Pegasus Bridge

Student: Madison Schrantz
Date Reported: July 15

List the program events of this day:

  • Arromanches: Mulberry Museum & Circular Theater
  • Longues s/Mer Battery-Gold Beach
  • Evening lecture by Graham Hollands

Describe 1-2 events of this day:

Our day was filled with many events but a few really stick out. The mulberry museum was filled with incredible model display cases which were so realistic. I learned that the harbors were conceived and built in two years, which blew my mind. Another meaningful and powerful event we experienced was watching the D-Day film in the circular theater. We have watched many short films since being here in Normandy and that was the best explanation and visual of the historical event, D-Day. The evening lecture we listened to was enthralling. It helped us compare the Axis and Allies leaders. I walked away with useful and meaningful life lessons.

Describe your experience of the French during this day:

The tour guide at the Mulberry Museum had a heavy French accent and was a little hard to understand. Also the encounters with the French waiters have been interesting dealing with the cultural manners/politeness.

Tell the main thing that you carry away from the experience of this day:

I took away emotional sympathy and historical knowledge from the Mulberry Museum. Also I took away life leadership skills from the evening lecture that also made real connections between the D-Day event and our lives today.

Student: Kati Kissane
Date Reported: July 16

List the program events of this day:

  • Juno Beach, Ouistreham-Sword Beach area
  • Abbaye d’Ardenne & Remembrance Ceremony for Canadians
  • Pegasus Bridge and Museum, Café Gondrée, Glider landing area
  • Group dinner at L’Assiette Normand

Describe 1-2 events of this day:

The first thing we did today was visit Juno Beach and take a tour of some of the bunkers and tunnels that the German army had created as part of their fortifications on the beach. Our tour guide explained to us that the Germans enlisted the local citizens to build these for them. He also explained that the French people would try to undermine the solders and compromise the integrity of the structures in whatever ways they could. This included not using steel reinforcements in the walls of the tunnels. It was interesting because those French citizens did this even when it would affect the soldiers, but they did it anyways. And, it did give the Allies an advantage on D-Day by closing off the underground tunnels.

We also went to the Pegasus Bridge Memorial. It was really cool to see how three parts of the whole operation really affected the success of the beach landings as well as getting to see the circumstances and the environment that surrounded the bridge; because being there really provides a unique perspective to the landing and how incredible the success really was.

Describe your experience of the French during this day:

We participated in a really special and touching remembrance ceremony for Canadian troops at the Abbaye-D’Ardenne. Madame Vico (widow of Jacques Vico) was there and it was so cool to see how special it was for her having us there. She shared some experiences from the Memorial and visitors who had come, like family and even a German soldier. Seeing how much it meant to her was awesome and made the experience that much more special.

Tell the main thing that you carry away from the experience of this day:

Just seeing how everything, no matter how small it might seem, really made a difference when it came down to D-Day. As well as seeing how much care and thought is put into remembering all of the small things. The French citizens and the operations that occurred before the beach landings are what allowed D-Day to be a success and they will never be forgotten, which is really special.

Students with Madame Vico, widow of French Resistance fighter Jacques Vico whose family owned the Abbaye d'Ardenne

Students with Madame Vico, widow of French Resistance fighter Jacques Vico whose family owned the Abbaye d’Ardenne

Pete Combee presenting history at Juno Beach

Pete Combee presenting history at Juno Beach

Student: Grace Boak
Date Reported: July 17

List the program events of this day:

  • Brittany American Military Cemetery, St. James
  • Mont St. Michel

Describe 1-2 events of this day:

Today we visited the Brittany-American cemetery and Mont St. Michel. At the cemetery, our group was greeted very warmly. We learned about the history of the cemetery and why it was set up the way it is. We then participated in a flag-folding ceremony. Six people, myself included, folded the flag while someone else read the meaning behind each fold. This ceremony was very emotional, and really made me think about the sacrifices that must be made for freedom. Next, we each visited a grave. I visited the grave of Alexander Doleski, from my home state of Pennsylvania. I found that visiting a specific grave was much more meaningful. I was very much impacted by this cemetery and the brave men and women who are buried there.

At Mont St. Michel, we had a guided tour. I learned a lot about the history of the Abbaye. I was most interested in the combination of different styles of architecture there. Overall, it was a fantastic experience.

Describe your experience of the French during this day:

At the Brittany American Cemetery, we were greeted by the superintendent, Walter Benjamin (American, residing in France). He led the flag-folding ceremony. I was very moved by his respect and gratitude for all who served. He also was so friendly towards our group. I felt that he greatly appreciated our visit to the cemetery and to Normandy.

Tell the main thing that you carry away from the experience of this day:

I will never forget visiting Alexander Doleski’s grave at the Brittany American Cemetery. When I saw his name, walking through the rows, it meant more to me than the others. I was there for him. Even though I never knew him, I felt that I could still remember and honor what he died for.

Student: Shelby Teets
Date Reported: July 18

List the program events of this day:

  • Visit to bocage area near Percy/115th Regiment
  • Commemoration of liberation of Saint-Lô, including 35th & 29th Division Monuments, Major Howie memorials, La Madeleine, Notre Dame, Blanchett Mausoleum at Cemetery, etc.

Describe 1-2 events of this day:

The bocage area near Percy was interesting because it provided an informed view of a battlefield and the importance of terrain use in wartime. This area had various hills and valleys, which is useful in war. Pete explained to us that after this area was taken from the Germans, they lost all high ground which makes this area significant to the victory of WWII by the Allies. This is also the place where Marsha Smith’s uncle was killed and Glen Cooley’s father was taken as a prisoner of war, on July 30th, 1944. We also ventured down the hill from this area and showed Glen where his father was when he was taken. It was amazing to be able to share the experience of remembering the loved ones of two of the group members and allowing them to get some closure as well. We attended three ceremonies in Saint-Lô that all commemorated the 35th and 29th Divisions and Major Howie for liberating their city. At each service, there were men in uniform holding flags, there was a short speech, and everyone sang the national anthems of the USA and France. There were also veterans in the audience in their uniforms, military members, and French, English and American citizens. These services are able to unite French and American citizens and allow them to respect and honor, but not forget, Major Howie and the soldiers who liberated Saint-Lô.

Describe your experience of the French during this day:

During this day, we had encounters with the French in the market of Saint-Lô and at the memorial services. In the market of Saint-Lô, the French were very enthused and ready to converse with us. They easily provided us with service although many of them did not speak English. At the memorial, the French treated us with respect and honor.

Tell the main thing that you carry away from the experience of this day:

From this day, I now have an understanding of how grateful the French citizens are for the United States’ aid in WWII. The main thing that I will carry away from this day is that we should always remember the men who liberated our country, the United States of America, and give them the respect and honor they deserve, as the French have done in Saint-Lô.

Student: Jackson Andrews
Date Reported: July 19

List the program events of this day:

  • Open morning in Bayeux-Group Luncheon at Rene Mathilde
  • La Fière and Amfréville
  • Utah Beach including visit to Museum

Describe 1-2 events of this day:

La Fière is a monument to the airborne divisions that landed in inundated country to support the invasion on Utah Beach. This monument meant a lot to Pat Stark, our resident coach, because his coach, Captain Schwartzwalder, performed heroic and necessary actions that day. After that monument, we went to Utah Beach. Here I realized how important the actions of those airborne troops were because they secured the area past the beach and that enabled Utah Beach to be largely undefended. It is hard to imagine fighting in an area that is underwater and trying to hold it. This courage is deserving of a memorial as beautiful as La Fière. Utah Beach was also very emotional and moving. To stand on this beach and be able to see how far soldiers would have to run to get to the front lines under heavy enemy fire, laden with massive packs. I cannot imagine the courage these men displayed.

La Fiere

La Fiere

Describe your experience of the French during this day:

The French were super welcoming the entire day. It is amazing that so many come to the museums and monuments to pay homage to those events. The fact that so many are willing to learn about these events reminds us of the importance of this time. The French will never forget, neither should we.

Tell the main thing that you carry away from the experience of this day:

The main thing that I will carry away is that respect is not given, it is earned. Pete Combee said this at La Fière, and I carried it with me throughout the day. The men who stormed the beach and landed in La Fière did not wish for respect, but earned it. It is our job to make sure that those men receive that respect for which they paid the ultimate price.

Student: Charles Bill
Date Reported: July 20

List the program events of this day:

  • Visit to Chateau de Colombières and overview of the inundated area
  • Luncheon with Town Council in Trevières, with French witnesses
  • Grandcamp-Maisy: Reception for French host families & first evening with host families

Describe 1-2 events of this day:

We began the day by going on the bus to Colombières, where Pete gave us a briefing about the American sector. After this we went in to see the chateau, which is also an operating bed and breakfast. The chateau itself honestly was a sort of typical, if well preserved, Norman castle. The most interesting part to me was Charles deMaupeou’s “Ritchie Boys’ museum. A large part of my major in intelligence analysis is counter intelligence and psychological warfare. The “Ritchie Boys’ museum was all about this, with pamphlets describing how doomed the Germans are, and propaganda newspapers. These are powerful tools in the battle of espionage, and may have given me some ideas as well.

Following this we went into Trevières to have a luncheon with the city council and Mayor Richard. Here it was decided that to the Normandy Allies I would be known as Carlos. The lunch was followed by the French witnesses telling their stories about the D-Day invasion. This was very interesting to hear from a first-hand perspective. We then traveled to Grandcamp Maisy where we got to meet our host families. For me and Jackson it was the Thomas family. We ate dinner together, with Chris Cameron joining us, and then went to bed.

Chateau de Colombières Overview

Chateau de Colombières Overview

Describe your experience of the French during this day:

The main source of French interaction that I underwent today was at my host family’s house. Monsieur Thomas speaks no English, Madame Thomas speaks limited English and their son Geoff is proficient. This family is very pleasant and welcoming, as evidenced by them inviting Chris in to eat at their table. Perhaps my most interesting interaction was with Geoff. When I told him of my relative, Major Randolph Mulholland of the 29th, he got visibly excited and told me how he was a great hero. That was very surprising and nice.

Tell the main thing that you carry away from the experience of this day:

The main thing I can take from today is that it is good to have a long memory. Of course, the witnesses can remember the day of the invasion, but I mean a communal memory. The people of Normandy do not forget the Americans.

Student: Madison Schrantz
Date Reported: July 21

List the program events of this day:

  • Sainte-Mere Eglise: visit of the Airborne Museum
  • Tour of Church and town
  • Luncheon with Mayor Quétier Graignes: LaCambe German Cemetery
  • Lebrec Cider Farm, monument to 147th Engineer Battalion

Describe 1-2 events of this day:

I was blown away at the Airborne Museum. They did a fantastic job at displaying and reenacting the events of D-Day and the parachute landings. There were many photos, videos and historic artifacts to show the realities of these soldiers. Walking through the museum felt real and I could feel the emotion of what these men went through.

The guided tour was another significant event of the day because I learned a lot about the history of the city of Sainte-Mere-Eglise. In relation to the Airborne museum, I learned greater details about John Steele, whose parachute landed on the church. The church roof displayed a fake John Steele, but I thought that was cool. Also the washing station, where women ringed clothes, was interesting.

Describe your experience of the French during this day:

Tonight was my second night with my host family and I didn’t feel as awkward as the first. The language barrier is still a huge challenge, but simple words and gestures help. The French like to clean their plates after each course.

Tell the main thing that you carry away from the experience of this day:

The harsh realities the soldiers faced while fighting war. John Steele was captured by Germans but escaped and jumped again. His courage and bravery is extremely admirable.

Student: Olivia Gibson
Date Reported: July 22

List the program events of this day:

  • Ranger Museum & Pointe du Hoc
  • Group luncheon at La Trinquette
  • Wall of Remembrance
  • Rue Captain Carter and Remembrance ceremony
  • Reception at home of Mme Therese Chedal-Anglay

Describe 1-2 events of this day:

Standing at Pointe du Hoc today was an incredible experience, because I can only begin to imagine what it must have looked like in 1944. It was the strongest German position, heavily defended, and I am amazed by the bravery, skill and determination of the Rangers. Their task seemed impossible, yet they succeeded and the D-Day mission depended heavily on their success.

I was very moved today by Walter Carter’s story at Rue Captain Carter during the remembrance ceremony for his father. It was emotionally powerful as I listened to Walter tell in his own words the same story we read about Frank Wawrynovic. As Walter recounted the incredible act of bravery by Captain Carter, which cost him his life, I felt tears come to my eyes.

Describe your experience of the French during this day:

The French showed exceptional hospitality. I was touched that the husband of Mme Therese Chedal-Anglay opened his home to the US soldiers during WWII and that Mme continues his tradition with Normandy Allies.

Tell the main thing that you carry away from the experience of this day:

I have gained so much appreciation and understanding of how truly difficult D-Day was. The Rangers completed an impossible task, which I find amazing. However, I always keep in mind the loss they suffered in casualties and how great the cost of freedom truly is.

Looking over the Channel waters

Looking over the Channel waters

Student: Grace Boak
Date Reported: July 23

List the program events of this day:

  • Entire day at Omaha Beach; including three Remembrance Ceremonies
  • Landing areas/Vierville s/Mer & St. Laurent
  • Luncheon with Omaha Beach/Bedford VA Association, presentation by Norman residents
  • Landing areas/Colleville

Describe 1-2 events of this day:

Today we spent the majority of our day at Omaha Beach. The day began with a remembrance ceremony at the 29th Division Monument. Then, we had time to explore the beach before lunch. When I walked onto the beach, I was accompanied by great friends that I have made on this trip. We laughed and had a great time as we ran across the sand, down to the sparkling water. It was a beautiful day on a beautiful beach. I was happy. Then I stopped, and for a moment I felt extreme guilt for acting so carefree at Omaha Beach. How could I let myself smile at a place where so many brave men died? Then I realized that everyone should smile at the Normandy beaches. It is because of those courageous soldiers that we are free. They fought for the happiness that I felt on the beach today and for that I am so thankful.

In the afternoon, we left the beach to have lunch with the Omaha Beach/Bedford Association. Our French hosts shared their stories with us. I learned a lot about civilian experiences during the war. Visiting Omaha Beach was a highlight of my trip, and an experience I will never forget!

Describe your experience of the French during this day:

At lunch today, I was very moved by our French hosts’ stories and their hospitality. They were very welcoming. My host parent has also been very nice. Even though we have had some trouble communicating I’m having a fabulous time and am learning a lot about French culture.

Tell the main thing that you carry away from the experience of this day:

Today I learned a lot about the war, but mainly I will remember the things I discovered myself. I realized, through my experiences today, the importance of remembering not only the people who died, but the reasons for which they sacrificed their lives.

Student: Shelby Teets
Date Reported: July 24

List the program events of this day:

  • Morning visit to Normandy American Military Cemetery at Colleville s/Mer
  • Group luncheon at Restaurant Byin t-cheu mei, Formigny

Describe 1-2 events of this day:

Today we visited the Normandy American cemetery where over 9,000 American soldiers are buried. These losses were due to the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy which liberated France. Each participant received a paper that included a name of a soldier buried in the cemetery in which we were prompted to visit and honor by placing a small American flag on the grave and observing a moment of silence in his or her honor. On the back of the sheet with our assigned soldiers name there was also a list of other soldiers that we may want to visit and honor as well. I chose to visit the four women buried in Colleville along with Roy C. Kohler, the man to whom I was assigned. I visited and honored these women because of the sacrifices they made for France and because I feel that women are not recognized or honored as they should be when D-Day is mentioned. Today was very important for our trip because we were able to honor and remember our ancestors and observe the way in which the French also remember the American soldiers of D-Day.

Describe your experience of the French during this day:

Today we said goodbye to our host families. I stayed with Hilary Cornet and her son Thomas. They were very sad to see us leave and they were kind enough to join us for the ceremony at the American Cemetery.

Tell the main thing that you carry away from the experience of this day:

The main thing that I carry away from the experience of today is how important remembering the events of D-Day is to the citizens of France as well as the citizens of the United States of America.

During our time in the American sector, two French students joined our group. Above, the students at the 29th Division Monument, Vierville s/Mer: Tom Cornet, Charles Bill, Mathieu Chambon, Jackson Andrews, Grace Boak, Olivia Gibson, Madison Schrantz, Kati Kissane, Madeline Leon, Shelby Teets

During our time in the American sector, two French students joined our group. Above, the students at the 29th Division Monument, Vierville s/Mer: Tom Cornet, Charles Bill, Mathieu Chambon, Jackson Andrews, Grace Boak, Olivia Gibson, Madison Schrantz, Kati Kissane, Madeline Leon, Shelby Teets

Three teachers traveled with us this year, supported by grants from donors:  Chris Cameron of Blair Academy in Blairstown NJ received the 29th Division Association Teacher Grant.  Joe Drover of Wheaton North High School in Wheaton IL was sponsored by the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, Cantigny IL  Nicole Barry of Pittsford Mendon High School in Pittsford NY received the Teacher Grant offered by David and Diane Pennock in honor of 1LT John D. Garvik.  The teachers are in the cemetery of Saint-Lô with Normandy Allies' instructor LTC Peter Combee. Pete also teaches military history at James Madison University in Harrisonburg VA.

Three teachers traveled with us this year, supported by grants from donors:
Chris Cameron of Blair Academy in Blairstown NJ received the 29th Division Association Teacher Grant.
Joe Drover of Wheaton North High School in Wheaton IL was sponsored by the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, Cantigny IL
Nicole Barry of Pittsford Mendon High School in Pittsford NY received the Teacher Grant offered by David and Diane Pennock in honor of 1LT John D. Garvik.
The teachers are in the cemetery of Saint-Lô with Normandy Allies’ instructor LTC Peter Combee. Pete also teaches military history at James Madison University in Harrisonburg VA.

Our Normandy Allies Team at Longues s/mer: Walter Ford Carter, Marsha Smith, SGM Charles Frick, LTC Peter Combee.

Our Normandy Allies Team at Longues s/mer: Walter Ford Carter, Marsha Smith, SGM Charles Frick, LTC Peter Combee.

We are deeply grateful to the donors for supporting students and teachers as participants in International Experience 2015. They return with memories and a mission: Never Forget.

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