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Nov 01, 2022 2022-11-01

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Trip That Brings the Price of Freedom to Life

The Albert H. Small Normandy Institute invites educators to apply to be one of 15 teams of high school students and teachers for an all-expenses-paid professional development trip to Normandy, France. The Institute is an intensive program to learn about the D-Day Campaign of 1944 and the sacrifices made by young Americans to defeat tyranny. Institute members will begin studying World War II and the Normandy Campaign in January 2023 by reading materials provided by the Institute and participating in online discussions of those materials supervised by Institute staff from The George Washington University (GWU).

From late June to early July 2023, Institute members will travel to the campus of GWU in Washington, DC, for a series of lectures and activities to deepen their understanding of the conflict. Students and teachers will then participate in a “staff-ride” (army-speak for a participatory educational tour led by GWU professors) of many of the sites in the Normandy Campaign in France. Each student will present a briefing on some element of the campaign at an appropriate site.

For their capstone project, each team will select a soldier who participated in the Normandy Campaign and gave his or her life in the effort to liberate France, prevent the spread of fascism, and ultimately defeat Nazi Germany. With assistance from Institute staff, each team will learn about that service member’s life and write a biography of that soldier. The culmination of the staff-ride will be an opportunity for the student member of each team to present a eulogy for their hometown hero while standing by the individual’s graveside in the Normandy American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. Additional details about the learning experience are posted on the Institute’s website.

Deadline: Applications are due by December 1, 2022.

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