Putting a Face to the Sacrifice of our World War II Veterans

The major assignment for the students and teachers during the Normandy Institute is the Silent Heroes Project. Each student/teacher team researches a soldier from their region who fought at Normandy and paid the ultimate sacrifice. After exhaustive research the students and teachers create a website dedicated to their soldier’s life and ultimate sacrifice. Please click on the websites to see the work of recent students and teachers and to read the poignant eulogies to their soldiers that were read at the graves of their unsung heroes.

Private John Alden Chappell
Created by Alex Bueneman

Staff Sergeant William E. Davis, Jr.
Created by Nick Iacovelli

Private Norman B. Foster
Created by Margaret Lichtenfels

Second Lieutenant Leroy E. Jacobson
Created by Taylor Walsh

Chief Pharmacist’s Mate Graham C. Mahan
Created by Zobeida Chaffee-Valdes

First Lieutenant Joseph Lyndon Piche
Created by Raven Troyer

Staff Sergeant Emile W. Tanguay
Created by Seyeon Kim

Captain Omery Carl Weathers
Created by Mary Nail

Staff Sergeant Maurice Miller Williams
Created by Adi Sapre

Technician Fourth Class John H. Williamson
Created by Gabrielle Farrow

Technical Sergeant Percy Zimmerman
Created by Morgan Handley

Private Eston A. Baxter
Created by Caley Williamson

Private Floyd E. Osborne
Created by Megan Amen

Private First Class David G. Callahan
Created by Kaylie O’Connell

Sergeant Albert Raymond Prescott
Created by Kelly Wilhelmi

NHD Normandy Web Site Archive
See past Normandy Scholar Web Sites on the New NHD Normandy Web Site Archive Page

Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Albert H. Small Student & Teacher Institute

June 20-July 2, 2015


Summer Institute 2015


In June 2015, fifteen student/teacher teams will engage in a rigorous study of D-Day and World War II. Students and teachers will be immersed in lectures presented by leading World War II historians, participate in a scholarly study of the war memorials in the D.C. area and walk in the footsteps of history on the beaches of Normandy. Students will study and make presentations on various aspects of the Normandy Campaign.

The last day in Normandy will be a day of remembrance. The students will lay a wreath at the American Cemetery and present eulogies based on individual pre-institute research of a member of the Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Institute participants will engage in readings and online collaboration and conduct a historical study of an individual buried at the Normandy American Cemetery.

Eligible participants must apply as a team.  The adult must be a middle school or high school teacher.  The student must be a current sophomore or junior in high school the year that they apply.

  • The institute covers room and board (double occupancy) during the institute, field trips, meals, international flights, and professional readings.  Teachers will room with teachers and students with students.
  • Participants will pay for the airline tickets and transportation costs to and from Washington, DC, for the field study.  They are required to supply their own passport (or renewal if necessary) and cover any personal expenses associated with travel.

 Because of the physicality of the institute all participants must be able to stand for 45 minutes and walk for at least two miles. In addition, the complexity of the institute’s logistics does not allow for families to accompany the selected participants.

Application packets will be available in late August.
Deadline for applications:

NOTE: NHD is no longer accepting applications for the 2015 institute.

Complete applications for the program must be received no later than midnight on Monday, December 1, 2014.  Please complete all requirements, scan into one PDF document, and email completed application to programs@nhd.org. Completed applications will be acknowledged via email within 24 hours of receipt.

Applicants selected for the 2015 institute will be notified via phone or email no later than Monday, December 22, 2014. Questions may be directed to programs@nhd.org.

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