Marching Falcons to take part in D-Day celebration in France;
your deposit bottles can support their trip
N.Y. (Feb. 11, 2019) -- Get rid of those deposit bottles and support the
Albany Marching Falcons’ efforts to raise money for their June trip to
France to participate in the official parade and other activities
honoring the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
“Many of us have someone in our family that served in World War II, and
in June we will make the journey to France and pay a musical tribute to
the Greatest Generation as a thank you for their sacrifices,” said Bryan
Cady, director of the Marching Falcons.
You can drop off the bottles at Capital Redemption Center, located at
610 Clinton Ave. It’s open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.-noon
weekends. When you make the drop-off, please ask that proceeds be
donated to the Albany Marching Falcons.
The Albany Marching Falcons are the City
School District of Albany’s marching band and color guard. The
group is made up of district students in grades 6 through 12.
Their journey will take them to Paris and Caen, the capital of Normandy.
They'll tour sights in Paris on June 5, then travel to Caen. On June 6,
the group will march along Omaha Beach from Vierville-sur-Mer to St.
Laurent-sur-Mer, two towns liberated during the Normandy invasion by
American and Allied forces. They'll also participate in the
wreath-laying ceremony at the Normandy American cemetery, In addition,
the group will perform several times in Caen.
The group will be the only high
school marching band representing the United States at the festivities.
Between performances, the
group will tour various monuments and historical sites.
"For this generation of
students, World War II is an event largely resigned to movies and
textbooks. By taking this trip, the Marching Falcons will live in
history," Cady said.
Want to help in other ways?
You can make a tax-deductible donation toward the trip via the
Albany Fund for
Education. Please indicate that the donation is for the Marching
Falcons. You also can donate
There are also several opportunities to see the Marching Falcons in
action over Memorial Day weekend:
Friday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m.: Maplewood Volunteer Fire Department
Memorial Day Parade in Watervliet
Saturday, May 25 at 11 a.m.: Concert performance at the Memorial Day
Ceremonies at the Saratoga National Cemetery
Monday, May 27 at 9:30 a.m.: Albany Memorial Day Parade
For more information, contact Bryan Cady at (518) 221-4365 or
You can also
watch this video to learn more about what this once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity means to our students.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and prepare all students for
college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our
diverse community. The district serves
students in 18
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High