75th Anniversary Of the Landings and Liberation

Posted by on Mar 9, 2020 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

75th Anniversary Of the Landings and Liberation

Normandy Allies July 14-27, 2019: 75th Anniversary of the Landings and Liberation “For all of the spectacular battlefields, memorials, and exhibits we’ve seen, the most impactful thing here in Normandy has been the people. Everyone from the clerks at the Hotel Churchill to the guides on our day trips and the survivors from the Landings have led me to believe that the Norman French are some of the proudest, kindest, and wisest people on Earth.” George Lanham...

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Transforming Normandy Allies Experience into Veteran Support

Posted by on Feb 16, 2020 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

Transforming Normandy Allies Experience into Veteran Support

What better way to keep the memory of the Normandy Campaign alive than by supporting today’s veterans? Derek Matina, who participated in Normandy Allies 2013 program, developed a not-for-profit organization providing scholarships for contemporary veterans returning to studies after serving our nation. Derek describes the origins of Sustainability for Scholarships: When I was a Junior at Pittsford Mendon High School an opportunity was presented to our AP American History...

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Student Brings Normandy Lessons Home!

Posted by on Feb 3, 2020 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

Student Brings Normandy Lessons Home!

Within days of his return from Normandy, 2019 student participant Nate Gebregziabher presented his experience to fellow students at summer camp in North Carolina. Nate brought his lessons home and immediately began to keep the memory alive! My Visit to France The Culture The major difference in culture in France off first glance were 3 things. Architecture Foods and etiquette Impact of religion People I Met I met lots of people I would have never thought I would meet so...

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Twenty Years!

Posted by on Jan 26, 2019 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

Twenty Years!

Normandy Allies marked a significant milestone in July 2018—our twentieth summer of educational programs in Normandy. Much has changed since the inaugural study trip in 1999, and yet the core has remained the same. Normandy Allies continues to offer a combination of close interaction with local French organizations, colleagues, and friends along with a detailed history of the landings and the aftermath up to Saint-Lô, from a military perspective. We have evolved from a...

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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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