“Everyone’s very excited for this trip,” Head Coach T.W. Johnson said. “It’s a great opportunity for our guys to experience a region of the world that is rich in history and culture and for us to continue to grow and develop as a team.”
The Statesmen will arrive at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport on Friday morning and will visit Mont Saint Michel on their first day across the pond. Dubbed the Wonder of the Western World on its website, Mont Saint Michel is a tidal island located about a kilometer off the coast of Normandy and occupied by fewer than 50 people. The island features an abbey, several museums and a church in buildings that are more than five centuries old.
On Saturday, June 4, the team will participate in a raising of the flags ceremony at Omaha Beach, play a game in Port-En-Bessin, and return to Omaha Beach in the evening.
On Sunday, June 5, Hobart will again play a game in Port-En-Bessin and then visit Bayeux, the first city liberated following the D-Day invasion.
On D-Day, the Statesmen will attend the 67th anniversary ceremonies and visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, which contains the graves of 9,387 U.S. military personnel and the Walls of the Missing memorial inscribed with the names of 1,557 MIA.
On Tuesday, June 7, Hobart will travel to and take a bus tour of Paris. The following morning the Statesmen will head to Bruges, Belgium. Known as the Venice of Northern Europe, the team will tour the city before squaring off with the Dutch National Team in the evening.
Hobart last full day in Europe will include a walking tour of Paris with stops at the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees, and the Seine River.
The Statesmen will return stateside on Friday, June 10.