TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Monday morning, Florida State University's Marching Chiefs left the Capital City on their way to Normandy, France.
The collegiate band will be performing in the historic D-Day parade, marking 75 years since the most significant victory for Western Allies in World War II history.
For many of the nearly 400 students attending, the week-long trip will be their first time traveling internationally. University President John Thrasher was there to see them off.
"It's an amazing thing, so many people came together, so many people donated and gave their resources to allow these students to have this kind of a trip because of that for myself I could not be prouder of what they are doing, on behalf of America, on behalf of our great estate and our university," said President Thrasher.
The Marching Chiefs will be the only college band performing in the D-Day parade, which is set for Thursday, June 6.
This is the third international trip in Marching Chiefs' 80-year history. The band went to Syria in the 1970's and then London in the 1990's.