The Perse School

Year 9 tour Cambridge American Cemetery with Old Persean

30 Jun 2014

The History Department took nine Year 9 students to the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial at Madingley on Sunday 29 June to learn more about the American participation in World War Two. The students have been researching the key events of the Second World War in History lessons this year and many of the students went to Normandy during the Easter holiday to visit the D-Day beaches.

The students were given a tour by Arthur Brookes, an Old Persean who works at the cemetery. He gave an excellent and very informed talk about the cemetery and the heroic stories of some of the individuals who died either before or on D-Day. We were given the opportunity of visiting the incredible chapel and the new visitor centre which commemorates the sacrifice of American servicemen and women, as well as American civilians who died in Britain or during events such as the Battle of the Atlantic, D-Day and the Allied bombing campaigns. The visitor centre, which provides an overview of the Second World War and information about the individuals commemorated at the cemetery, is an excellent addition and is well worth a visit.

Many thanks to Arthur for giving up his time to meet with and guide the pupils.

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