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Two groups from Utah performing in Normandy, France for 80th anniversary of D-Day

Jun 6, 2024, 9:53 AM

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The Utah Pipe band will be traveling to Normandy, France to perform for the 80th anniversary of D-Day. (Utah Pipe Band)

(Utah Pipe Band)

SOUTH JORDAN — You can learn a lot from history books and online articles at school. McKay Taylor has been reading about World War II and the D-Day landings at Normandy.

“On the beaches, there were a lot of mines,” said Taylor to some of his friends at school. “They had to get through trip wires and mines.”

But there is nothing like learning about history while being at the place where it happened, which is why he is excited for this week.

“I think it is going to be incredible because that is where a lot of men died saving our country,” he said. “It will be good to see it in person and learn what they went through.”

Taylor is a student at Anthem Preparatory School (formerly American Heritage) in South Jordan and is joining several of his classmates for a trip to Normandy, France, that they will never forget.

Anthem Preparatory School in South Jordan will be traveling to Normandy, France to perform for the 80th anniversary of D-Day. (Anthem Preparatory School)

“I would put it on a scale of one to 10, an easy 10. Easy 10,” said Hunter Taylor, who is also a student at the school.

Students and their families are also going to support the school’s dance team which will perform during the parade honoring the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

“They have been working really hard. We started practicing back in January, so they have been working for months and months on their routines and perfecting them,” said Anthem Prep dance director Angi Jones.

Anthem Prep was invited to Normandy because the school also performed in Pearl Harbor for that 80th anniversary a few years ago. The same production company planning the events for Normandy planned Pearl Harbor.

Related: 80 years since D-Day, world leaders share words of honor

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Two groups from Utah performing in Normandy, France for 80th anniversary of D-Day