Happy New Year to our LHAB Normandy participants:

As we embark upon 2018 and the Normandy trip, there will be regular updates to you throughout this next year and a half as we approach the June 2019 departure.  There isn’t much going on right now and the steering committee will convene very soon to discuss the next phase of planning and trip preparation.

By now, you should already be receiving your first invoice for pre-payment after your initial deposit.  These invoices will be sent monthly until the balance is paid in full.  Please monitor your email accounts for these invoices and promptly pay the balance due.

We’re honored the organizers of the 75th D-Day celebrations requested the UT Longhorn Alumni Band be responsible for the National Anthems of France, Great Britain, Canada and the USA.  We will also be responsible for performing “Amazing Grace” during the wreath laying portion of the ceremonies at the two cemeteries and will be leading the playing of the “Longest Day March” in Sainte-Mere-Eglise during the opening ceremonies of the International Salute to Liberation.  Earl Hurrey, our trip representative, informs us the Longhorn Alumni Band will be the largest and most anticipated band EVER in the D-Day Memorial Parade. Music will be provided by later this spring and Dr. Scott Hanna will be our musical director for this historic occasion. 

Chris Meeker, Earl’s colleague, confirmed that our band is the largest entry in the history of the D-Day memorial celebrations. There are 30 groups scheduled to attend from the U.S., representing 20 different states. Flight schedules to be published later this summer, and we will be sending you a separate memo regarding flight information and schedules. Our steering committee will make every attempt to create a uniform to well represent the LHAB, the University of Texas, the State of Texas and the U.S.

LHAB participants by the numbers:

To all those registered making the June 2019 D-Day trip to Normandy, France in support and honor of those sacrificed so much defending our freedoms we all have today – Thank You!

If you have any questions we haven’t addressed, please email lhabnormandy@gmail.com and we will answer your concern or question as soon as we can.

Hook em’,