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Mr. James Crump, WWII Veteran, Visits Mrs. Mead's French Class

Left to right: Danny Burbes, Jack Campbell (VFW Indian Trail), Sam Champagne, Bre Brandt, Scott McIntyre, Elle Ingledue, James Crump (Veteran WWII, Normandy Invasion), Brian Winslow, Shannon Martin

Students who will travel to Europe this summer with Mrs. Mead to visit WWII battlefields had an opportunity to hear firsthand accounts of the Normandy invasion from Mr. James Crump.  Mr. Crump is a WWII veteran from the VFW post in Indian Trail, NC.  He shared stories, photos, and memories of his experiences as a young soldier who landed on Omaha Beach and was eventually wounded in Luxemburg.

On June 22 Mrs. Mead will be leading a group of 16 students on a tour of the Battlefields of Europe. The trip will begin in Amsterdam with a visit to the Anne Frank house and continue to Bastogne to visit the Ardennes American Cemetery where many of the soldiers from the Battle of the Bulge were buried. They will then stop at Verdun to tour the National Museum of Military History. Their next stop will be Omaha Beach, the site of the D-Day invasion in Normandy. They will then continue to Paris for three days of touring the Beautiful City of Lights. On the tenth day of the trip, the students will board an overnight train to Berlin to visit Checkpoint Charlie, Potsdam, the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column. While in Berlin they will have an opportunity to visit a labor camp. The tour is certain to provide a balance between history and language study. Many of the students have not only worked together on fund-raising projects throughout the year, but have also met together to view films and to share discussions to prepare for this trip. The group will return to Charlotte on July 4.

Written by: Mrs. Mead, teacher
Posted: Apr 25, 2010 by Cheryl Edwards

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