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Wednesday 27 April - Normandy

The group gathers around the Shrine of Remembrance after their ceremony at Bayeux Cemetery.

The students are now in France and are visiting D-Day Landings at Bayeaux, Normandy.


Photos taken at Bayeaux, Normandy, have been added to the gallery.

View the short video of part of the commemorative service the tour group held at Bayeux Cemetery honouring the Australian servicemen buried there.

Student views

Day 10 Normandy

Today we woke up in Rouen, France and had our first experience of French breakfast with croissants and pastry - it was delicious! We travelled to the Normandy region where we visited Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach. We got to see the still remaining bomb craters and gun placements while looking over the coastline at where the D Day landings occurred in 1944.

We then travelled to the American memorial where we saw the thousands of graves of USA service people. It was overwhelming to see grave stones as far as the eye could see. It really brought home the impact of the Second World War (WWII). From here we went to walk amongst some of the remaining German guns that were still standing in fields.

In the afternoon we held a service for our Australian service people that lost their lives in France during WWII. These people were the lesser known part of Australia's involvement in WWII and it was really alarming for us all to reflect on how little coverage these people and their role in WWII have been given in our life. We left with a promise to spread the word and share the story of the Australians who served at the D-Day landings.

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