The Jacksonville State University (JSU) Marching Southerners traveled overseas this week for the 80th commemoration of D-Day in Normandy, France on Thursday.

The JSU band and others from around the country were scheduled to perform during the two official public wreath-laying ceremonies at the Normandy American Cemetery and the Brittany American Cemetery.

However, the Normandy American Cemetery performance was canceled for security purposes after Biden reportedly made an unannounced visit.

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) noted on Saturday that most of the students and families who made the trip paid their own way and that “Joe Biden ruined a once in a lifetime experience.”

Hans Schantz, a Huntsville resident, said on Friday, “In Normandy to support my daughter and the Jacksonville State Marching Southerners who were invited to play at the American Cemetery in Brittany on the 80th anniversary of D-Day. The Southerners and nearly a dozen other groups came at their own expense to honor the fallen.”

Schantz later said, “Disappointed Biden's last-minute change in plans caused a similar memorial event at the Normandy American Cemetery to be cancelled, today.”

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