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East Burke Marching Band to take the trip of their lives

The East Burke Marching Band had it's last local performance of the year at Memorial Day ceremonies in Valdese on Monday. The performance, though, is not the last one of the year for the students.

On June 3, the group will fly to France to be North Carolina's representative for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.

"This is such a great honor," said senior Emily Ann LaPage. 

Sixty-five students and 35 parents will make the trip to Normandy. The group has been raising money since they got the invitation a year ago.

Band Director Jonathan Berry thinks it will be a tremendous experience for the students. "They will learn things that you just can't get in a classroom."

The students will play on the beaches and in parades.

Seniors will miss their graduation ceremonies back home but plan to have one of their own on the beaches in Normandy. "It's gonna be amazing," said senior Elijah Blackwell. "It will be so honorable to have it done there."

Parent and Band Booster Kim Lail thinks the trip is important for the students and could be a life-changing event, especially when they walk past the rows of graves on the bluff overlooking Omaha Beach.

"It's very important to see the cost of freedom," she said. "The cost is high."

A huge sendoff is planned for the band which leaves East Burke High School on June 3.

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