The University of Michigan football team, in France on a "team bonding" trip, visited the beaches of Normandy on Sunday. Almost 74 years after "D-Day", the team took a three hour bus ride from Paris to the Normandy region of France. According to, The team visited a museum to learn more about the Battle of Normandy, toured one of the smaller cities above one of the landing beaches and walked through the American cemetery, in Colleville-sur-Mer, where they honored one of the soldiers buried there -  Major Thomas Howie, a 1929 graduate of The Citadel, and a star running back on their football team.

Somebody obviously put some thought into this trip. Before they left Michigan, the players were schooled by Wolverine basketball coach John Beilien, who happens to be related to Fritz Niland, who inspired the "Saving Private Ryan" movie.

Apparently the trip had a profound effect on a lot of the players. Too bad all college-age kids in the U.S. can't take that same tour.


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