JROTC Cadets Participate in 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Event Date: 
Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 8:00am to Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 8:30pm

 

 

D-Day Parade website   

 

 

Oregon City High School JROTC cadets will be participating in the 75th anniversary of D-Day in England and France. 

An official ceremony will be take place at the American Cemeteries in Brittany and Normandy along with the D-Day Memorial Parade.  The purpose of the D-Day Memorial Parade and Allied Musical Salute is to honor WWII Veterans for their service and sacrifice to our nation to preserve freedom for the world. This is a reminder of history and to learn from our past. United States and Germany were once bitter enemies and today they are allies.

 

The JROTC cadets will be participating in the following events:

June 6 - Memorial Ceremonies (VIP Escorting and Wreath Laying) at Brittany American Cemetery

June 7 - Normandy American Cemetery at Omaha Beach

June 8 - JROTC cadets will participate in the D-Day Parade in honor of the landing at the beaches of Normandy that led to the liberation of this small French town, Sainte-Mere-Eglise.  

 

Seniors on this trip will not be able to attend OCHS graduation ceremony but instead there will be a special ceremony held at St. Mere-Eglise on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 which will be hosted by the Mayor of Sainte-Mere-Eglise.

 

 

 

 

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JROTC cadets will also visit:

Tour Iceland – see the terrain, waterfall of Fullfoss, National Park Pingvellir, valley of Haukadalaur with its geysers.

London – panoramic tour of London, The Tower of London and the British Museum

Take a ferry to Portsmouth (same route many of the D-Day troops took during the invasion 75 years ago)

Arromanches including the 360 Museum in Caen, France

Utah Beach, La Madeleine, Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont

Brittany American Cemetery in Saint James, France for a memorial concert

St. James Cemetery in Saint James, France

Normandy American Cemetery at Omaha Beach

Tour WWII Historic Sites

Visit to Point du Hoc and Utah Beach

D-Day Memorial Parade in St. Mere-Eglise

Paris – Musee de Louvre, city tour, tour Montparnasse Tower

 

D-Day History

During World War II the allied forces invaded northern France at the beaches of Normandy to fight Nazi Germany. This battle was codenamed Operation Overlord and began on June 6, 1944. General Dwight Eisenhower was appointed the commander.  Also known as D-Day when 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of beach. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history. “More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high.  More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops.”

 
Learn more about D-Day at www.army.mil/d-day/

 

 

 

JROTC Trip Itinerary (pdf)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soldiers coming ashore at Normandy on D-Day. (Image: National Archives and Records Administration, 111-SC-320902)