In pictures: Students meet WWII veterans on 70th anniversary of D-day in Normandy

Published: June 17th 2014

Around 125 school students visited Travelbound’s Chateau du Molay in France on June 5th this year and heard eyewitness accounts of the D-day campaign from some of the veterans who fought in it.

The students met six WWII veterans at the chateau to help mark the 70th anniversary of the D-day landings the following day. The event helped students learn about our history and the seriousness of war.

While they heard veterans’ stories, the students were also given an opportunity to hold military equipment, including a decommissioned rifle and a gas mask. They were also able to wear WWII helmets and uniforms.

According to a party leader from Steeple Claydon School, who brought a group of 36 students, the event had a profound effect on students and helped bring history to life for them.

Here are some pictures of the day’s events.

The group of veterans arrives at the Chateau du Molay ready to share their stories with the students.

Martin Kerry a former Sherwood Ranger shows students examples of the equipment the veterans would have used.

Students were given an opportunity to ask questions about what daily life was like for WWII soldiers.

All the students had an opportunity to see and try on the equipment.

Tank commander Capt David Render (retired) formerly of the Sherwood Rangers gives an account of the D-day campaign.

Travelbound presents Capt David Render (retired) with a donation for the Sherwood Rangers Veterans' Wives Fund.

Students from Steeple Claydon School and the veterans enjoy a BBQ dinner.

Staff from the Chateau du Molay serve all the visitors their meals on June 5th.

Students share dinner at the Chateau du Molay after listening to the stories of WWII veterans.

Students continued to speak to the WWII veterans long after the official talk had finished.

Travelbound would like to thank the Sherwood Rangers and all the schools who visited for making the event so memorable. We have invited veterans from the Sherwood Rangers to visit the Chateau du Molay and speak to school students again in 2015. If you would like to find out how to take your group to the chateau for this event please contact the Travelbound sales team.

Or browse our history trips to France to find out about our other battlefields tours.




Related links

Trip report: Steeple Claydon School students meet D-day veterans

D-day veterans tell their stories to students

The moment a very cheeky veteran met Camilla

BBC documentary called Normandy '44: The Battle Beyond D-day

Sherwood Rangers website