BY ANTHONY RIZZO
Next summer will mark the 70th anniversary of “D-Day,” when 73,000 American troops joined in the largest amphibious invasion in world history.
Resting in the American Cemetery in Normandy, France are 419 Michigan soldiers who died during that mission.
Students across the state are being encouraged to send a sample of sand from their community to the state as part of a D-Day commemoration.
Next June, the Lakeshore High School Band in Stevensville, Michigan will be participating in a celebration in Normandy for the anniversary.
Lori Van Koenig is the Band Director.
“I like to make sure the kids are getting a educational background, as well as having a good traveling experience. So, we wanted to tie this next trip into something that was really meaningful, especially to the state of Michigan, because Michigan made significant contributions to that particular battle,” Koenig said.
The band students will scatter the sand from Michigan on the grave sites of those Michigan soldiers.
Then, they will then gather sand from Omaha Beach at Normandy and mail a vial to each of the schools that participated in the commemoration project.
More information about the initiative is at www.ddaymichigan.com