Since 2009, we’ve done TEN of these itineraries… a favorite tour for fans of the Stephen Ambrose novel “Band of Brothers.”
Travelers have included friends of Major Winters, WWII Veterans, History educators, and people who “aren’t motorcoach types.”
Developed at the request of Winters’ neighbors & friends in Hershey, PA, and approved by Winters in 2009, each journey has offered unique highlights for our travelers.. a few of our favorite memories:
Two WWII Veterans – lower the flag at the ABMC of the Netherlands in Margraten.
Charles de Vallavielle – owner Brecourt Manor – almost always walks the pasture and pointed out gun positions of Winters’ first test of leadership.
Overveld Home, near Eindhoven, witnesses now in their 80’s, shared what they remembered of the round canopies floating from the sky “like angels.”
La Fiere – a British couple invites our group to the back yard of their home where foxholes were recently unearthed.
Liberation Museum, Groesbeek – a unit of British paratroopers invites us to witness the retiring of their colors as only a few are still living. A very moving ceremony.
Wings of Liberation Museum, Eindhoven – the restoration team invites us into the garage where vintage WWII equipment and vehicles are worked on.
ABMC Omaha Beach in Normandy – arriving on September 11, 2011 – the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our country – the Superintendent greets our group and provides a one hour guided tour.
Witness wreath laying and choral tribute at General Patton’s gravesite by 200 American students on musical tour of Europe
Bill Jackson, a good friend of Winters and one of three euologists at Winters Memorial Service, is among the travelers.. and shares memories and reflections of his friend.
Obersalzburg – among the first groups to visit the newly excavated bunkers hidden in the mountain below the Eagle’s Nest
Arnhem – a group of Polish paratroopers stops at the John Frost Bridge and chats with the group