Posts for Tag : NC to Normandy

Mark Sumner Highlighted in Documentary



The screening will be held at the Seymour Center on Friday, December 18, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST). The Seymour Center is located at 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516


Nearly seven decades after landing on the Normandy coastline on June 6, 1944 with the aim to liberate France, two veterans returned to those same beaches. Rather than fighting the entrenched German army, these two 92-year old men found nearly 100,000 waving flags and clapping hands of support. As world leaders took the stage to articulate their appreciation and awe at the achievement of that day, both men sat in wheelchairs squeezing the hands of current servicemen, sharing tokens of faith and thanks, and praising the next generation of young people.


This story follows the efforts and dedication of two generations of young people – the men who fought in service of our country on the beaches of Normandy in 1944, and the students who created the opportunity for them to return 70 years later. Please join us in celebrating this story of unparalleled bravery and service at the debut screening of “Wait Until the Kids See This!”: Service and Learning from North Carolina to Normandy – and how we can transfer these lessons to learning and classrooms today. Attend Event This project was possible due to the generous support of the Oak Foundation.


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World War II Vets to Normandy  0

Our local high school students are busier than ever working on their project to take two veterans to Normandy for eight days.  Our very own Mark Sumner is one of the two.
We checked in with the students and this is what we found out.
“We are still short of making our $6,000 goal to take Mark and Ed to Normandy.” said Robin McMahon.  They need our help and the help of our community.  So, if you are reading this, share it with everyone you know.  Let them know that June 6 is just a few weeks away!  Mark Sumner and Ed Chappell will be on their way before then, with the help of the Chapel Hill community.
This writer can think of no other local project that benefits not only our veterans, but also gives local students a chance to show Americanism is alive and well in our schools.  This is the 7oth commemoration ceremony and it is the final ceremony at Normandy.
Robin McMahon also said that these high school students are driven to honor the sacrifice of all veterans.  Learn more
Their project made the front page of the Durham Herald-Sun!  Read story
The students still need about $5,000 to meet their goal of taking two World War II veterans and a family member for each to the D-Day commemoration services in Normandy to honor their service.
Here is how you can DONATE through a non-profit educational organization:

Public School Foundation: Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.  Donors will receive a tax receipt for their contributions.

Your check can be made out to the Public School Foundation / NC  to Normandy and sent to :
  • Public School Foundation
  • PO Box 877
  • Carrboro, NC 27510
  • Attn: NC to Normandy
or you can donate online by going to this website:
  • click the green button to donate
  • fill in the 7th line with NC to Normandy; looks like this:
I want to make a contribution to the following: $
and we will send you a thank you note once it is processed.