Wednesday, June 8, 2011
From Normandy to Bastogne
Early this morning, the group departed the beautiful and memorable Normandy area with stories and scenes etched on our hearts. These six men, who we have known less than one week, have already left an indelible mark on each of us. We left behind the beaches and made our way across northern France to Belgium.
Our guides, Ray and Cristy Pfeiffer, have been exceptional and their attention to detail remarkable. With 29 years of experience, they have created an environment for those who have much to learn about the war (the sponsors and students)and for those who have much to tell (our beloved veterans).
We settled into our hotel in Bastogne and had one of the most delicious meals we have ever eaten for dinner. The Pfeiffers, who visited the College in April for the George W. Bush event, presented a beautiful silk map of Holland, Belgium, France and Germany, which had been used by a soldier during WWII. It was in mint condition and will be a notable addition to the WWII exhibit at The Keeter Center.
Tonight Bill Kamsler shared a wonderful story about singing Christmas carols on Christmas eve in 1944 within earshot of some Germans, whom they captured the next day.
Everyone is looking forward to hearing more about the role of the 101st Airborne in the Bastogne during our day tomorrow.
by Sue Head