GENERATIONS came together when war veterans joined students on a visit to Normandy.
To mark Armed Forces Day, 30 pupils aged 14 to 19 from schools across the borough were accompanied by veterans from the West Middlesex Branch, No 77 Normandy Veterans’ Association, representatives of Elthorne-Hillingdon Rotary Club and The Spirit of Normandy Trust on the three-day trip.
The group was waved off by the Mayor of Hillingdon, councillor Allan Kauffman and Mayoress Lynne Kauffman, and they returned to Uxbridge on Tuesday last week.
The students will spend the following weeks putting together projects about the trip which will be judged before the end of the term, with prizes awarded to the winning work.
Evan Clancy is in year 10 at The Harefield Academy in Northwood Way.
He said: “It was great to experience all these things with the veterans. I learned so much and realised just how many people were involved in making the D-Day landings tick. It wasn’t just about the soldiers on the beach.”
Evan interviewed veterans Myer Malin, 89, and Walter Hart, 95, for his project, an experience he describes as ‘amazing’.
He is compiling a project on the trip about the D-Day landings from the veterans’ personal perspective.