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Students Enjoy Enriching Experience on Kenney Legacy Trip

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Students Enjoy Enriching Experience on Kenney Legacy Trip

Students, along with two faculty members, enjoyed an enriching experience during the annual Kenney Legacy Trip. After arriving in London and spending two days visiting museums and sightseeing, the group then traveled to France.

Following a quick overnight stay in Paris and visits to various tourist attractions, the group headed off to the Belleau Wood American Cemetery and Reims Cathedral--both of which captured the devastation of World War I on those regions. They then crossed into Belgium for a visit to the Bastogne Museum before going back to Northern France for a visit to Operation Dynamo Museum and an overnight stay in Dunkirk. The final two days were spent in Normandy, led by a very insightful tour guide who was a fount of knowledge on all things D-Day and history and a great storyteller. They went from Omaha Beach to the American cemetery in Normandy, where they witnessed the daily hours playing of Taps.  It was an emotional and fitting ending to the trip.

The Kenney Legacy Trip, named and funded by the family of the late Charlie Kenney '06, honors their son's memory and strives to impart his love of country and reverence for Americans' military service and sacrifice. According to the Kenneys, the notion that students can learn profound lessons about history by visiting sites such as the Normandy beaches serves as the program's “foundational idea”. Student participants are selected through a nomination and application process.

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