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D-Day 60th Anniversary Events

Normandy is doing its best for the 60th anniversary of D-Day with a series of events on June 6. Make plans to attend a ceremony or other event with this calendar. There are also countless events throughout the year. To find a calendar for different dates, visit the Normandie Memoire site.

Don’t miss my D-Day 60th anniversary page too, which features articles on D-Day and a list of anniversary events outside of France.

AMFREVILLE

  • Commemorative ceremonies in the wake to Commando No. 4 in Hameau Oger (6 pm), in the monument to Commando No. 8 in the plain, in the monument to the Franco-British commandos in the plain (6:45 p.m.) and in the monument N ° 3 near the Town Hall, on Morice street (7 pm)
  • Memorial ceremony for civil victims in the Church (6.30 pm)

Anguish

  • Inauguration of a stele and plaza in honor of Captain Michel GAUVIN, Canadian Ambassador at the Fort Garry Horse roundabout (5 pm)
  • Veterans Tribute Chest Badge Presentation Ceremony – Memorial in front of City Hall (contact 02.31.80.08.30) Presented for registration by Veterans (5pm)

ARGENTINIAN

  • Big Band Concert with music by Glenn Miller at City Hall (3pm)

ARROMANCHES-LES-BAINS

  • Fireworks at 11 pm [li} Religious service at 10.30 am
  • Official international ceremony organized by the French Government (3:30 pm)
  • Official British National Ceremony hosted by the French Government (6pm)

ASNELLES

  • Banquet in the street for veterans at 7.30 pm, organized by the local population.
  • Reconstruction of the landings by the British Navy (afternoon, to be confirmed)
  • Memorial ceremonies at the monuments with a Dorset and Devon Regiment Band musical part (5.30pm)
  • Ceremony of presentation of the badge of the chest in tribute to the veterans (contact: 02.31.22.35.43) Submitted to registration by the veterans

AVRANCHES

  • Concert of the Youth Choir, UNESCO Artists for Peace in the World in the Church of Saint Gervais (8.30 pm): this choir made up of a hundred young people, all between 18 and 25 years old and motivated by music and relationships they come from the five continents. They will perform three concerts in La Mancha

BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE

  • Commemoration of the Liberation at the British Cemetery (2,176 graves) at 4pm, attended by British veterans and members of the Banneville / Toufreville War Veterans Association
  • Veterans Tribute Chest Badge Presentation Ceremony – British Cemetery (contact: 02.31.23.71.76) Presented for registration by Veterans, 3:45 pm

BAYEUX

  • Ceremony in the Cathedral in the presence of the Royal British Legion (around 9 am)
  • Celebration for peace in the cathedral (6.30 pm)
  • Official Franco-British binational ceremony in the cemetery and organized by the French government (11.05 am)

BÉNOUVILLE

  • Outdoor café with music at the Pegasus site at night
  • Captive hot air balloon flights with views over the Pegasus site, the Church and the Castle
  • Musical parade on Avenue du Commando Kieffer (12.15 pm)
  • Commemorative ceremony and wreath laying at the Signal Monument (12:30 pm) and at the 7th Battalion Monument in the presence of British veterans (1 pm) followed by an ecumenical service

BENY-SUR-MER

  • 3:00 pm: Veterans Tribute Chest Badge Presentation Ceremony – Canadian Cemetery (contact: 02.31.80.08.79) Registered by Veterans

BERNIÈRES-SUR-MER

  • Banquet in the street for veterans at 7.30 pm, organized by the local population. Remembrance Ceremony at Canadian Monuments (Place du Canada) at 8.15am
  • Veterans Tribute Chest Badge Presentation Ceremony (8:30 am)
  • Canada Place, Victor Tesnière Street (contact: 02.31.96.45.47) Registered by veterans

BIÉVILLE-BEUVILLE

  • Unveiling of a memorial stele for the victims in the Norfolk Regiment, 9.30 a.m. on the Colleville-Montgomery road

BONNEVILLE-LA-LOUVET

  • Wreath placed at the war memorial (5 pm)
  • Parade of US military vehicles at 5 pm (and in other surrounding cities)

See the next page for events in the villages of Caen through Falaise.

CAEN

  • Commemoration ceremony in memory of the captives who were murdered in CAEN prison on June 6, 1944.
  • Royal Marines ‘Beat the Retreat’ military parade on the City Hall Esplanade around 11 pm
  • Franco-German binational official ceremony organized by the French government at the Caen Memorial (6:20 pm)
  • Concert by Fauré Requiem and new song called “The Story of a Soldier” by Harvey Brough and performed by the Maitrise de Caen and the Portsmouth Cathedral Choir, the Franco-British Youth Choir and the London Mozart Players Orchestra of Andrew PARROT at L’Abbaye aux Hommes, the Men’s Abbey, also called St Etienne Church (8:30 pm)
  • Solemn Mass led by Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago (8.30 am) and Parish Mass (6 pm), in the Church of Saint Etienne
  • Traditional memorial ceremonies

CARENTANO

  • Badge Ceremony Tribute to Veterans Registered by Veterans
  • Commemoration ceremony at the “Carré des Choux” with a US 101st Airborne Detachment and a parade through the city (starting at 4.30pm)
  • Exhibition of vehicles and weapons from the military period (Sherman tank, machine guns, jeeps, …) in the shady Market Place from 10.30 am
  • Concert of the local choir at the Place du Grand Valnoble (3 pm)

CAUMONT-L’ÉVENTÉ

  • Exhibition of vintage photographs and vehicles in the gardens of the “Les Demeures de Saintave” old people’s home and lecture on the battle of June 6, 44, free admission

CHIEF-DU-PONT

  • Commemorative ceremony at Rex Combs Square (3 pm)

CHERBOURG-OCTEVILLE

  • Exhibition of giant photographs of the city at the time of the Liberation (around 15 panels in streets and places of the city) (until 2004-08-22)

COLLEVILLE-MONTGOMERY

  • Crown placed at the Monument to Marshal Montgomery (8 am), on the stelae to the French Navy riflemen and on British First Graves (8.10 am), at the monument to the commandos (8.20 am) and a crown will be thrown into the sea (8.30 am)
  • Memorial ceremonies to veterans of the Suffolk and Norfolk regiments and wreath at the Hillman site (afternoon)
  • Dinner for veterans at 7:30 pm, organized by the local population at the Sports Center (7:30 pm)
  • Veteran Tribute Badge Ceremony Submitted to Record by Veterans

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER

  • Badge Ceremony Tribute to Veterans Registered by Veterans
  • Commemoration ceremony with the Great Red at the monument to the 1st Division (afternoon)
  • Banquet in the street for veterans at 7.30 pm, organized by local people at «Le Ruquet»
  • Official Franco-American ceremony organized by the French Government (9.40 am – yet to be confirmed)

COURSES-SUR-MER

  • Badge Ceremony Tribute to Veterans Registered by Veterans
  • Commemoration ceremony at the Juno Beach Center (10 am) and live broadcast of the official international ceremony that will take place in Arromanches (in the afternoon)

CUSTOMS

  • Concert of the flourishing arts in the cathedral (7 pm): extensive programs of sacred musical works (Te Deum,…)

CRÉPON

  • Badge Ceremony Tribute to Veterans Registered by Veterans

CREULLY

  • Badge Ceremony Tribute to Veterans Registered by Veterans

CRICQUEVILLE-EN-BESSIN

  • Reconstruction of the cliff scale.
  • Mass in a tent on site, guided tour of the church and tribute to Colonel Rudder.
  • Badge Ceremony Tribute to Veterans Registered by Veterans

EVRECY

  • Commemorative ceremony with British veterans.
  • Veterans Tribute Chest Badge Presentation Ceremony Veterans Submitted

Fake

  • Lunch on the street in the Saint Laurent district at noon, open to the public
  • Guided walk to the places of the town marked with the battle. Departure from the Saint Laurent district (in the afternoon, open to the public)

See next page for events in the villages of Flers via Rots.

Flyers

  • «Flers- The Living Museum»: exhibition of photographs of the streets after the bombings of June 44, throughout the city (until 06/26/2004)
  • Commemorative ceremony for the civilian victims in the Civil Square in the cemetery (6 pm)

GRANDMA MAISY

  • Badge Ceremony Tribute to Veterans Registered by Veterans

GRAYE-SUR-MER

  • Badge Ceremony Tribute to Veterans Registered by Veterans

GUILBERVILLE

  • Commemorative ceremony and wreath laid by schoolchildren on the tombs of the liberators, ceremony together with Gieville

HERMANVILLE-SUR-MER

  • Badge Ceremony Tribute to Veterans Registered by Veterans
  • Official Veterans Welcome: Cocktail held at City Hall (9pm)

HÉROUVILLE-SAINT-CLAIR

  • Memorial ceremony at the war memorial
  • During the D-Day Jazz Festival that will take place from June 4 to 6, a tribute concert to Jon Hendricks at the Theater (9 pm) organized by Couleurs Films with the support of Normandie Mémoire 60ème Anniversaire

Hiesville

  • Laying of crowns at the General PRATT Memorial.

THE-HAGUE-DU-PUITS

  • Badge Ceremony Tribute to Veterans Registered by Veterans

LANGRUNE-SUR-MER

  • Dinner offered to veterans and host families in the cities of Langrune sur Mer and Saint Aubin sur Mer at the Saint Aubin sur Mer sports center (8 pm)

LEÓN-SUR-MER

  • Badge Ceremony Tribute to Veterans Registered by Veterans

LONGUES-SUR-MER

  • Badge Ceremony Tribute to Veterans Registered by Veterans
  • Inauguration of a stele by the Memory, Freedom and Citizenship association and planting of the tree for freedom (sequoia) by the children (11:45 am) Inauguration of a stele to track B 11 in the presence of Pierre CLOSTERMANN followed by the inauguration of a street named after him (4 pm)
  • Mass and wreath in the morning. Placing the children’s crown on the battery with balloon release
  • Inauguration of the street sign “St Mary of Jersey” (at noon) Inauguration of the street sign “Calle 7 de Junio 1944” (4.30 pm)

MONTEBURG

  • Glenn Miller Style Jazz Concert and Dance

MONTSURVENT

  • Parade of American vehicles in the North Cotentin region, organized by the Souvenir 44 association of Montsurvent.

WALNUT-BOCAGE

  • Official Australian National Ceremony hosted by the French Government (5.30pm)

OUISTREHAM

  • Badge ceremony in tribute to veterans in common with Colleville-Montgomery Submitted to registration by the veterans
  • French National Official ceremony organized by the French Government (5.30 pm)

PICAUVILLE

  • Inauguration of a stele to the American airborne, first monument dedicated to the 9th AAF in Normandy and to the 82nd and 101st Airbornes

POINTE DU HOC

  • American Official ceremony (5.30 pm) -to be confirmed

AUDEMER BRIDGE

  • Badge ceremony in tribute to veterans Submitted to registration by the veterans]
  • Binational Franco-Dutch Official ceremony organized by the French Governement (9.45 am)

PONT-D’OUILLY

  • Commemorative ceremony at the stele to Polish soldiers (11.30 am)

POTIGNY

  • Commemorative ceremonies and remembrance of the Resistant Fighters, the Deported, the Civilian Victims and the soldiers who were buried at the Potigny cemetery. Tribute to Major INGLIS, Scottish airman who died in this area on 12 June 1944 (from 10 am)

PUTOT-EN-BOOM

  • Badge ceremony in tribute to veterans Submitted to registration by the veterans

RANVILLE – Wreath laying at the French monument (10.45 am) and at the Belgian monument (10.55 am. Ceremony at the British cemetery (11 am)

  • Official National German Ceremony organized by the French Government(5.30 pm)
  • ROCK

    • Commemoration ceremony at the stele to the Canadians of the Chaudière Regiment (10 am)

    See the next page for events in Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer through Vir.

    SAINT-AUBIN-SUR-MER

    • Badge ceremony in tribute to veterans in common with Langrune sur Mer Submitted to registration by the veterans
    • Dinner offered to veterans and host families by the towns of Langrune sur Mer and Saint Aubin sur Mer at the Sports Hall of Saint Aubin sur Mer (8 pm)
    • Ceremony at the Civilian Victims’ Monument in presence of British veterans of the 6th Airborne (around 6 pm)
    • Commemorative ceremony on the beach, at the monuments located rue de Verdun and rue Pasteur (9 am)

    SAINT-LANGIS-LÈS-MORTAGNE

    • Badge ceremony in tribute to veterans Submitted to registration by the veterans
    • Commemorative ceremony at the War Memorial (11.30 am)

    SAINT-LAURENT-SUR-MER

    • Street banquet for veterans with Colleville sur Mer and Sainte Honorine des Pertes at 7.30 pm, laid on by local people
    • Chest Badge Presentation Ceremony in tribute to veterans Submitted to registration by the veterans

    SAINT-LÔ

    • Commemoration ceremony at the monument to the Beaucoudray victims and at the Monuments to the Resistance (9 am)
    • Wreath laying at the Civilian Victims Monument, religious service at Notre Dame’s Church (11 am) and wreath laying by the children at the Civilian Victims Square
    • Commemoration ceremony in remembrance of the Civilian Victims of the town
    • SAINT-SEVER-CALVADOS – Commemorative ceremony at the war memorial (meeting at 10 am at the town hall)

    SAINTE-MARIE-DU-MONT

    • Choir Concert with special participation of Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois at 9pm in the Church
    • Commemorative Mass live on television in the church of Notre Dame de l’Assomption and with the Choir of Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de bois (11 am), remembrance ceremony at the church square (12 am), ceremony at Utah Beach at the American monument (afternoon -to be confirmed)
    • Ceremony at the Monument to the Civilian victims in presence of the veterans of the 6th Airborne (around 6 pm)
    • 12:00 : Chest Badge Presentation Ceremony in tribute to veterans of the 101st US Airborne Division – Town Hall(contact : 02.33.71.58.00) Submitted to registration by the veterans
    • Chest Badge Presentation Ceremony in tribute to veterans who landed on Utah Beach – Memorial in front of the beach (contact : 02.33.71.58.00) Submitted to registration by the veterans, 4 p.m.

    HOLY MOTHER CHURCH

    • Badge ceremony in tribute to veterans Submitted to registration by the veterans
    • Parade of military vehicles (afternoon)
    • Screenings of films from 8 pm to 11 pm
    • Commemoration ceremony at the US Cemetery Marker number 1 at the sports ground (10.30 am), memorial mass in the square (11h00) and commemorative ceremonies with wreath laying at the marker stone Borne Zero and the Signal Monument (12.30 pm)
    • Musical entertainment at the Church Square, brass bands (afternoon) and reconstruction of a ceremonial parade by an allied airborne association and of another one by the 107th Squadron of the Royal Air Force (6 pm)

    SANNERVILLE

    • Fireworks at the place where the 8th Parachute Battalion were dropped
    • Exhibition on the Goodwood Operation which took place in the area of Sannerville from June to August 1944, at the Museum (inauguration of the exhibition on 4 June at 6 pm) ( to 2004-08-21 )

    TINCHEBRAY

    • Free entrance showing of two movies from Jean Gremillon: «June 6th at dawn» and «The sky is ours» from 8.00pm at the A. Garnier hall

    TOUFFRÉVILLE

    • Badge ceremony in tribute to veterans Submitted to registration by the veterans

    TRONQUAY (THE)

    • Wreath laying at the War Memorial (11 am)
    • Exhibition of period military vehicles on the waste ground of the village

    URVILLE

    • Binational Franco-Polish Official ceremony (11 am -to be confirmed)
    • Chest Badge Presentation Ceremony in tribute to veterans – Polish Cemetery (contact : 02 31 23 54 08) Submitted to registration by the veterans

    VALOGNES

    • Exhibition “June 1944 in Valognes” and “The painters of the forties in Valognes” at the Local Library (until 06/20/2004)

    VER-SUR-MER

    • Tomorrow: different arrangements of wreaths on the monuments of the city.
    • 12.15pm: Badge Ceremony in Tribute to Veterans Registered by Veterans

    VIERVILLE-SUR-MER

    • Bagde Ceremony in Tribute to Veterans Registered by Veterans
    • Commemoration ceremony at the monument to the US 29th Infantry Division.

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