Skip to Content

Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom
The Albert H. Small Student & Teacher Institute
June 20-July 2, 2015

Albert Small Institute banner with official logo


“But when the test came, when freedom had to be fought for or abandoned, they fought. They were soldiers of democracy. They were the men of D-Day, and to them we owe our freedom.”
-Stephen Ambrose

Read about the 2011 Normandy Scholars Institute in Soldier magazine here!

Summer Institute 2015

Albert H. Small

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.

Deadline for applications:

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 Lynne O’Hara 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 Lynne O’Hara (, 484-919-2595).


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

The major assignment for the students and teachers who went to Normandy was the Fallen Soldier Project. Each student/teacher team researched a soldier from their home state who fought at Normandy and paid the ultimate sacrifice. After exhaustive research the students and teachers created a website dedicated to their soldier's life and ultimate sacrifice. Please click on the web sites and see what stellar work the students and teachers did and read the poignant eulogies to their soldiers that were read at the graves of their unsung heroes.

PFC Pedro Rodón
Created by Charlyne Cuyar

Corporal Thomas Reed Smith, Jr.
Created by Karee Wicks

Staff Sergeant Harold John Ward
Created by Riley Ries

PFC William D. Dormire
Created by Seamus Ryan-Johnson

Sergeant Julius A. Houck
Created by David Huston

Bernard L. "Barney" Toobin
Created by Hannah Aris

First Sergeant Virgil "Bud" Brown
Created by Emma Campbell

Corporal Alton D. Poe
Created by Jenna Gilbertson

First Lieutenant Robert M. Follensbee
Created by Andrea Flores

Chief Motor Machinist's Mate George A. Kelly
Created by Abigail Woolsey

2nd Lt. Benjamin Hodges
Created by Benjamin Smart

Staff Sgt. Frederick D. Smith
Created by Timothy Cohn

First Lieutenant Roy Eisele
Created by Morgan Owen

Sergeant Allen P. Moberly
Created by Bradley Shoopman

PFC Virgil John Tangborn
Created by Mattilan Martin

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

National Contest Information

June 14 - 18