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WWI - 100th Anniversary Tour - The Western Front

Dear Alumni & Friends:

The year 2014 marks the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, a cataclysmic historical event often considered the birthplace of the modern world as we know it. The world’s first multi-national war transformed societies, introduced industrial weaponry, redrew the map of Europe, and set the stage for a second, and even more destructive, global conflict. Almost anyone who develops an interest in the First World War feels drawn to visit the trenches, battlefields, and memorials of its infamous Western Front. Many of us fascinated by the war feel a strong sense of empathy towards soldiers from all sides who were the first ever to face tanks, planes, and gas attacks, and who suffered terrible losses in this ironically coined “War To End All Wars.”

As we try to understand the suffering experienced by those who were consumed by this conflict, we feel deeply touched by its causes, its battles, and its impact on modern-day politics and world relations. To help understand and explore the long-lasting social and historical implications of the First World War, the University of Texas, in collaboration with the Texas Exes Flying Longhorns travel program, has organized an extensive visit—coinciding with the Harry Ransom Center’s centenary exhibition The World at War, 1914-1918—to England, Belgium, and France. With exhibition curators and historians as our personal guides, we’ll gain insight into the causes and consequences of the first modern war, and learn what life was like for the soldiers in the trenches. And we won’t neglect the area’s highlights, culture, cuisine, and wines.

Every traveler’s participation in the Texas Exes Flying Longhorns travel program helps to further the Association’s core purpose: to become indispensable to the UT family, connecting and engaging supporters with each other and UT. We do so through a wide array of programs – among which are scholarships to deserving UT students; student leadership development; career services; worldwide networking; and awards to alumni, professors, and students.

Space on this exclusive Texas Exes tour will fill quickly. Please make your reservations today by contacting Ms. Jere Davis at 512-471-3822 or davis@alumni.utexas.edu. The registration form can also be faxed to the Flying Longhorns office at 512-232-4306.

Best regards,


Mrs. Leslie Cedar, BBA ‘89, MBA ‘98
CEO and Executive Director
The Texas Exes™


Saturday, June 14 -
Monday, June 23, 2014

London, UK
Ypres, Belgium
Ors, France
Somme, France
Verdun, France
Paris, France

add an optional two-night extension in Paris and return home Wednesday, June 25

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Tour Highlights

Welcome cocktail in London * Imperial War Museum * Westminster Abbey * Three theater performances in London * Churchill War Room * Downing Street * Buckinham Palace * The Cenotaph * Old War Office * Douglas Haig Memorial * Houses of Parliament * Day excursion to Oxford * Visit to the English Faculty Library housing the manuscripts of war peot Wilfred Owen * White Cliffs of Dover * Ypres, Belgium * Westen Front Battlefields * Menin Gate * Flanders Fields Museum * Ors in Nord-Pas-de-Calais * La Maison Forestiere * Memorial to the soldier-poet Wilfred Owen * Battlefields of Somme, France * Thiepval Memorial * Guillemont Road Cemetery * Memorial to the Missing of Somme * Verdun, former fortified French garrison town * Champagne tasting in Rheims * Paris, city of lights ... and much more!