North Buncombe High School band in Normandy for D-Day anniversary commemoration

Photo credit: Tracie Pate Harwood

Honoring our heroes: The North Buncombe High School band is in Normandy for the official commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Students and chaperones left out of Asheville on Tuesday and will return next week. The trip includes a performance at the American Cemetery at Brittany, a performance at Omaha Beach, a tour of Utah Beach and Pointe du Hoc, a D-Day Memorial Parade, a performance at Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, and numerous sightseeing tours.

The Blackhawks often engage with history, to help students gain a deeper appreciation of our nation’s roots and sacrifices.

It was after successfully performing in Pearl Harbor for the 75th anniversary of the infamous attack in 2014 that the band was invited to the 2019 Normandy ceremony Thursday.

They are one of only eight bands representing the United States for this historic gathering.

In Normandy, they'll perform at the American cemetery at Brittany, Omaha beach, and during the D-Day memorial parade.

Before returning home next Tuesday, they’ll perform several in the American Musical Salute to Liberation and at Luxembourg Gardens in Paris.

Thursday morning at Omaha Beach, Presidents Trump and Macron spoke after greeting the veterans able to be at the memorial ceremony, after both delivered speeches on the legacy of D-Day.