Cadets on DD Beaches

75th Anniversary trip to remember and help understand what DD meant.

Cadets on DD Beaches

14 July 2019

  • Leicestershire Northamptonshire And Rutland ACF

A coach load of cadets and adults made their way to Dover ready to catch a ferry to France and to be taken to a camp site, their home for 2 nights to enable them to visit some sites related to D Day.

Day 2 and an early start saw lots of sleepy heads poking out of their tents first thing, slowly getting ready for breakfast and time to leave.

The day was to be very busy 7 sites to be visited travelling in-between. Some of the sites visited were Longues Batteries, Omaha Beach, Gold Beach and Pegasus Bridge.

LNR was one of 20 plus coaches of Army Cadets traversing the countryside visiting sites that were special to D Day but also were linked to STEM subjects. This enabled cadets and adults alike to look at all sites in two ways; what they were used for and how they were used and the technicalities behind them. Many stated that looking at the sites in this way really made them come to life.

The final part of the day all the coaches went to Arromanches for a drumhead service and to pay our respects to those that died not only on D DDay but across the whole of WWII.

After a long day it was time to go back to our camp site for evening meal and bed, ready for the trip home the next day.

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