Wednesday, June 6, 2018

From planting American flags at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, to performing ‘Amazing Grace’ at the Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial, members of the Pride of Niner Nation represented UNC Charlotte and the United States at the 74th commemoration of D-Day.

Watch "Origins of Opportunity" a special video that chronicled the Pride of Niner Nation Marching Band’s extraordinary trip, which enabled present-day students to explore places where history was made. Listen as they convey their thoughts and feelings about this emotional and meaningful journey.

“What an honor it has been for the UComm team to help share this story.  And what a story it is. When you view Origins of Opportunity, you will likely be moved to tears, not only by the beauty, sadness and hope that still lie within Normandy, but by the experiences of our students, as they step into this powerful history. You will be proud of our students, and you will be proud, in a renewed and deepened way, of our University when you watch this program,” said Stephen Ward, executive director of University Communications.

UNC Charlotte, founded originally as the Charlotte Center in 1946, was established primarily to serve returning World War II veterans, and a special website Origins of Opportunity, chronicles the University’s connection to these brave military members, eager to take advantage of educational advances powered by the GI Bill, as well as how the University continues to serve its student-veteran population.