August 5, 2023
Originally posted on the KHTS website
A chance encounter in France with an American World War II veteran led to a special experience for the Valencia High School Choir this summer.
The highlight of the trip was singing at the Normandy American Cemetery Memorial, which contains the graves of 9,387 American soldiers, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations, according to the Memorial website.
“Asked to sing a song by an older gentleman, the students obliged. The gentleman was Reid Clanton, a 98-year-old WWII Veteran. Mr. Clanton arrived at Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and fought and survived the Battle of the Bulge,” read a social media post from the Valencia High School Choir.