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Honeoye students experience the French connection

The rain falling at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial the day a group of Honeoye students visited seemed apropos to them, considering the gravity of the ultimate sacrifice made by thousands of Americans during World War II.

“It’s very moving in the fact that you can really appreciate what took place over there by being there and just seeing all the crosses and all the headstones,” said senior Robbie Younger. “It’s one of those things where you just get that feeling, that something happened here.

“It’s sadness at first, because there’s so many people who died for this cause,” he continued. “But, on the flip side of that, you can’t help but feel pride because some of the French people will tell you they owe their freedom to the United States.”

Younger was part of a group of students from the Honeoye, Gananda and Wayne central school districts who made the trip. Many had hosted French visitors last fall and stayed with their families while in France.

They stayed in the city of Rennes, sister city of Rochester, which the French students visited when they came to western New York, including the Pont de Rennes bridge over the Genesee River.

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