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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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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