Virginia Tech Cadets share Normandy experience

Published: Sep. 5, 2016 at 3:20 PM EDT
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Nearly 400 Virginia Tech Freshmen Cadets made a trip to the D-Day Memorial.

“To understand the sacrifice and the service of those that have come before them," says Major General Randal Fullhart, Commandant of Cadets at Virginia Tech.

The decade long tradition is a learning experience for the incoming class.

“The momentous mission that took place in June of 1944 when members of the allied forces came ashore in Western Europe.”

Marking an event commonly known as “D-Day," says Major General Fullhart.

And for some upper-class cadets, making the return trip to the memorial has a new meaning.

“We went to Normandy this past summer, says VPI Battalion Commander Peter Wilson."

The trip was part of the Global Scholars Program focusing on the Allied invasion during World War II.

“We got to go and actually see the sights and present on topics in France," says Wilson

“I couldn’t explain it any better than just standing there and taking it all in," recalls Cadet Captain Noel Sheaffer.

“To see the battlefields and to see how well they’re maintained. Especially Utah and Omaha beach where they’re American beach heads," says Alpha Company Academics Officer Bridger Johnson.