BIRMINGHAM, Ala., (WIAT) — The D-Day 75 Normandy Parade will be a highlight of the musical events commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day June 6, 2019. Marching bands from across the United States are invited to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience to march on the beaches of Normandy for enthusiastic crowds lining the streets of these historic towns.
Mountain Brook High School is one of the schools that are participating in the event. Band Director, Jason Smith says 24 students are expected to leave June 4th and return June 14th. “I’m so proud, these kids are the hardest working kids at Mountain Brook High School. The parents have stepped up to support there travels, and there ability to do something like this is unspeakable,” says Smith.
The dawn of June 6, 1944 (D-Day) saw one of the largest, most dramatic, invasions in world history. Over 160,000 forces, including 70,000 Americans, landed on 50 miles of Normandy coast. 195,700 Allied naval and merchant navy personnel in over 5,000 ships were also involved. Over 2,000 Americans lost their lives storming the beach head to secure the high ground. More than 8,000 others would be lost in the days and weeks following as the Allied forces secured the surrounding countryside to establish a foothold on Continental Europe.
If you would like to donate and support The Mountain High School Band, you’re encouraged to call 205-414-3810, just ask for Jason Smith. You can also email Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.