The Michigan Wolverines football team is in France for their Spring trip. The team made plenty of stops in Paris, but the most impactful portion of their journey may have come on the shores of France.
The team visited the beaches of Normandy, where a bloody and crucial battle occurred in World War II, deemed D-Day. The United States and their allies overcame an onslaught from the German forces and captured Normandy, which was a pivotal moment in the war, it allowed the U.S. to move further into France and gave them a strategic stronghold in which they could dock ships and deliver supplies.
UM team visit to Normandy begins in earnest — Arromanches pic.twitter.com/bclfCcUan8— angelique (@chengelis) April 29, 2018
Omaha Beach#BonjourBlue pic.twitter.com/SVQ3JTMLAZ— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) April 29, 2018
.@UMichFootball saw Mulberry Harbour where supplies were delivered for the Allied forces in Arromanches.#BonjourBlue pic.twitter.com/4FpBMNmZRQ— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) April 29, 2018
After the team visited the beach, they headed to the American Cemetery.
Getting the flags ready for the American cemetery Chase Winovich “I am so proud” pic.twitter.com/oiu7eAJ1Q8— angelique (@chengelis) April 29, 2018
At the cemetery, things got a bit emotional.
One of the more emotional moments I’ve had — certainly in my professional life.— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) April 29, 2018
Humbling day in Normandy with @CoachJim4UM and the boys @UMichFootball.
Especially this —> pic.twitter.com/9IBF7aEp8U
Honored to be a part of the Michigan Wreath Laying Ceremony #BonjourBlue pic.twitter.com/305vP3XARF— Mark (@MarkTaurisani) April 29, 2018
Jim Harbaugh and his father Jack feel blessed to be at Normandy.
Jack and Jim Harbaugh on a special moving day shared by father and son pic.twitter.com/lR16Ve486n— angelique (@chengelis) April 29, 2018
While the Michigan trips overseas may be over-reported and evaluated, this is news-worthy. The areas they toured in Normandy will forever be historic, and the events that make Normandy historic feature some of the bravest acts any American, any human have ever made. The acts represent decency and fighting for what is right in the highest form.
The lasting impact this portion of the trip has on the team will be a positive one that will stay with them long after their playing days are over.
Kudos to Michigan paying their respects. World War II wasn’t that long ago, but the events are becoming increasingly forgotten. U-M’s trip will have quite a few youngsters looking up information about D-Day, and will have people who forgot about the event rekindling their interests in the history of it once more.
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