Hit the Beach: NGAUS Normandy Trip Now Open

NGAUS Washington Report
March 13, 2018

NGAUS will once again sponsor a trip to tour the D-Day invasion sites in Normandy, France. The dates are Oct. 6 to 13, and the cost is $3,950 per person. The National Guard Educational Foundation will benefit with a $500 contribution in the name of each participant.

The tour, which is conducted by Passages Cruises Tours of Atlanta, includes the important sites of the invasion on June 6, 1944, that brought about the end of the Third Reich less than one year later.

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Tour participants will see the British landing beaches of Gold, Juno and Sword, as well as the beaches known to Americans as Omaha and Utah where GIs, including National Guardsmen of the 29th Infantry Division, came ashore.

The tour includes a stop at the National Guard Monument, which is owned by NGAUS and overlooks the beach known as Bloody Omaha. It was dedicated to all Guardsmen who fought in Europe during World War II.

A visit to Pointe du Hoc makes clear the difficult mission of the Rangers who climbed those steep cliffs under fire.

Perhaps the most poignant stop is the Normandy American Cemetery on bluffs above Bloody Omaha where 9,385 Americans are buried, many of whom were killed on the day of the invasion or during the fierce fighting in the weeks afterwards.

The tour includes two nights in Paris, with one full day to see the City of Lights before the journey back to Washington, D.C.

A deposit of $500 is required at the time of the reservation. A final payment must be made before Aug. 10. More information is available at www.ngef.org.