A group of Lindsey Wilson College students celebrated the July 4 holiday by paying tribute to Americans who paid the ultimate price to preserve the nation’s freedom. Two students from Clinton County, John Brown and Kailyn Conner, both of Albany, were among the group making the trip.
A select ensemble from the Lindsey Wilson Singers performed July 4 at a Memorial Recital and Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery in France. The students performed under the direction of LWC Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Ensembles Gerald Chafin.
A total of 73,000 U.S. soldiers were part of the 156,000 Allied troops who took part in the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion, the largest amphibious invasion in world history. Almost 2,500 U.S. soldiers were killed during the invasion.
In the photo at left, Lindsey Wilson College Singers John Brown of Albany, Ky., left, Andrew Ferguson of Columbia, Lydia Tiller of Columbia, Christian Talley of Columbia and Allison Chafin of Columbia lay a wreath July 4 at the Normandy American Cemetery.
In the top photo, with the English Channel in the background, LWC Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Ensembles Gerald Chafin, far left, joins the Lindsey Wilson Singers who participated in the July 4 Memorial Recital and Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the American Cemetery at Normandy, France. Kailyn Conner is shown in the front row, fourth from left, while John Brown is in the back row, third from right. Conner is the daughter of Paul and Kathy Conner and Brown is the son of Jeff and Martina Brown, all of Albany.