D-Day Anniversary Trip

By William Daley-Green

Laramie high school teacher Kyle Stuckey is planning a trip to Europe in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

D-Day is the day that the Allies landed on the French beaches to liberate France from Germany’s grasp during World War two. It is the largest seaborne invasion in history. Almost 209,000 allied soldiers died that day.

On June 6th the trip will lead to Normandy Beach, where the majority of the invasion took place. There will be reenactments of soldiers fighting and men parachuting onto the beaches and fighting on the beaches.

The trip will start in Amsterdam and go through Belgium, the French Country side and ending in Paris, France.

During the trip students will travel to the Anne Frank house, The Anne Frank house is where a Jewish girl named Anne Frank hid from the Germans who were searching houses. They will also see the Jewish Historical Museum and the Diamond factory.

Students will also visit Bastogne. In Bastogne the students will see where the Battle of the Bulge took place and the memorials commemorating it. The Battle of the Bulge was the last major German attack on the western front. They attacked the Allies through the thick Ardennes forest in eastern Belgium. Students will also see the Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial and the National Museum of Military History.

From Bastogne the trip goes to Reims and will tour the city then to Normandy and the D-Day beaches, and then to Paris, France

The trip will go to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France where over 9000 men who died during D-Day are buried.

In Paris the students will see the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, the Eiffel Tower, and the École Militaire. The École Militare is a large military school in Paris, France. They will also see the Champ de Mars, a large park named for the Roman god of war, Mars. In Paris, students will have the opportunity to see the Gardens of Versailles and the Hall of Mirrors.

 “I had the opportunity to go to some of these destinations and it got me excited about traveling, to see that there’s a great big world out there that I haven’t seen yet, and it puts a lot of things from a historical perspective into perspective,” Said Stuckey “It changes the way I viewed history, seeing with my own eyes it gave me a deeper understanding of it,”

The trip starts May 31st in Amsterdam and end June 9th in Paris.

D-Day was codenamed Operation Neptune. The Normandy coast was broken into five sections, Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. Strong winds blew the landing craft far east of their intended landing points. Casualties were high, and many soldiers died during the assault, especially at Omaha due to the large cliffs. German causualties on D-Day were between 4000 to 9000. American causalties were at least 10,000.

For more information E-mail Stuckey at kstuckey@acsd1.org