In 2007, I was a leader and accompanied a group of our local middle schoolers on a tour of England and France. One of the most profound memories of the trip was our visit to Normandy, France. We toured the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. The cemetery contains the graves of 9,387 American dead military men and women. We learned that most of these died during the D-D landings in June of 1944. Our tour guide told us that all of the headstones of these brave military men and women buried in France face the United States.
Here are some photos of the cemetery and Omaha Beach. Thankfully, my father in law survived this war from his tour in the South Pacific. My father also has stories of the war in on his website, Scottish Heritage. Here is the link to his World War II web page. This is his Polish Soldiers page. We can learn much from the past.
The poem, "In Flanders Field" is great to use with students and gives you another reason to sneak in some poetry reflection using Memorial Day as the catalyst.
Learn more about the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France.
Learn more about Omaha Beach and D-Day
Click the photos to see actual size images of the collage photos.