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COLUMN: Baker French students dedicate visit to fellow student

Twenty seven students from Abbe Guillet’s French class at Baker High School visit the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur Mer in Normandy, France.

Twenty seven students from Abbe Guillet’s French class at Baker High School visit the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur Mer in Normandy, France.

— Following the ceremony, students walk throughout the cemetery honoring the graves of the 9,387 soldiers buried there and the 1,557 names inscribed on the Walls of the Missing with their messages of gratitude from Baker students and their families and the Baldwinsville community attached to American flags.

Fourteen soldiers from Cayuga County were honored with specific messages from Katie Schumacher for her grandfather. The American Legion of Baldwinsville donated 125 flags. Bill Miller wrote a message to honor his brother, Glenn. Albert Cassidy’s grave was honored yet again for Warren Rahrle. And Uncle Joseph Henry was not forgotten by Polly Henry.

The students then went down to Omaha Beach to collect some sand to bring home and to contemplate the heights of the cliffs that the soldiers had to climb on June 6, 1944, to begin to reclaim France. They also collected a stone to bring home to Kyle’s parents, Lorie and Richard Schneider.

Abbe Guillet is the French teacher at C. W. Baker High School.

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