On 29 May we will be climbing Currahee Mountain in Georgia to raise money for the World War II Foundation and Royal British Legion.
3 MILES. 2 GIRLS. 1 MOUNTAIN.
Currahee Mountain stands 800ft (240m) and was the training site of the American Paratroopers at Camp Toccoa during WWII, as featured in the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers. The “three miles up, three miles down” of the mountain became an important part of training for the men of the 506th Infantry Regiment, and we want to follow in their footsteps.
Joanne Jones of Barnet, Hertfordshire, and Lindsey Bannister of Wem, Shropshire, have been fans of Band of Brothers since it first aired on TV. Having travelled to several other sites relating to the TV series – such as the beaches of Normandy, the forests of the Battle of the Bulge, and Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest in Berchtesgaden near Austria – Toccoa is the last on the list to visit.
As an incentive to complete the “three miles up, three miles down” challenge, Lindsey and Jo will be raising money for two charities close to their hearts.
The World War II Foundation is a non-profit organisation committed to educating future generations about the personal stories of the WWII generation. It accomplishes this mission through the production of award-winning documentary films airing around the United States and globally.
The Royal British Legion is the UK’s leading Armed Forces charity and one of its largest membership organisations. Members get together through the network of branches and clubs all over the country and overseas to participate in social, fundraising and welfare activities. They will specifically be raising money for the East Barnet Branch of the RBL.
Header image from HBO’s Band of Brothers