When the world gathers on June 6, 2014, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Sperry Grills, a sophomore pre-nursing major from Bedford, will represent the United States and her generation in Bayeux, France.
Selected as one of nine young christeners from different nationalities in whose presence the Bell of Peace and Freedom will be blessed, Grills will have her name engraved on the 1,100-kilogram brass peal bell. The bell will be hung in the heart of the historic Bayeux Cathedral to commemorate the liberation of France and Europe in 1944-1945.
"I am kind of young to be a god-parent, even of a bell, I guess, but that is what they are calling me," she said. "As a representative of the younger generation, I am proud to help share the stories of the veterans, their families and the victims of that important event that changed the world."
Grills, is a member of the Bedford International Alliance, a collaboration between the Bedford community and citizens of England and France devoted to sustaining the D-Day and Normandy invasion legacy. Her upcoming trip will be her fourth to Europe as part of the group and one which she is eagerly anticipating.