On June 6, 2019, I was privileged to have been part of a group from CLHS that participated in the 75th Anniversary Memorial Ceremonies at the Normandy American Cemetery at Omaha Beach where 9,388 Americans are buried. Our group of 11 students and 10 adults were part of the 12,000 who took part in the ceremonies that included both the American and French presidents, more than 130 World War II veterans, and approximately 30 veterans of the D-Day Invasions. We listened as both President Macron (of France), and President Trump told the stories of these veterans and what they faced, many of them of at a similar age to the students who traveled with us. After the ceremony, which left very few in the crowd dry-eyed, we had the opportunity to walk amongst the graves. We broke into smaller groups, some listened to some of the veterans tell about that day, some looked for specific grave markers, and all of us reflected on what these men sacrificed.
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