PARK CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – June 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy.
Seventy-five members of the Park City High Marching Band are representing Utah in France to participate in anniversary performances.
The band will be performing through the 8th at Brittany American Cemetery at St. James and the Normandy American Cemetery at Omaha Beach.
Park City students will also perform in Paris and in town squares throughout the city. Students are covering their own expenses for the trip with scholarships offered by the Park City Education Foundation and local donors for those who need help.
The actual commemoration will be held June 8th with the band taking part in the D-Day Memorial Parade and Musical Salute.
Bret Hughes, assistant director of Bands, says he hopes the students gain an understanding of the historical significance of D Day. “This is their chance to be part of something bigger, something that is so important to American and world history.”
In December 2016, the band participated in the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.