75th anniversary of the Normandy landings

2019 programme of D-Day commemorations in Normandy

 

In June 2019, Manche commemorates the 75th anniversary of the landings.

Ceremonies, parades of military vehicles, military trade fairs, paratroopers, a flyover from the Patrouille de France, military camp re-enactments and more. Normandy celebrates its liberation! 
Take advantage of your visit during the 75th anniversary of the landings to discover the history museums of the Battle of Normandy. See the battlefields and parachuting sites. Walk along the Atlantic Wall with its German batteries. Follow the path of Liberty Road commemorating the liberation of France, Luxembourg and Belgium. Take the D913 road between the town of Ste-Marie-du-Mont and the beach, a nearly 7 km route dotted with memorials, including markers in memory of soldiers fallen in battle, the Richard Winters monument and the monument to Danish soldiers.

From 2 to 7 June, also discover the 2019 Normandy World War II International Film Festival. A prestigious opening ceremony at the Utah Beach Museum will be followed by screenings and signing events with actors from Band of Brothers. >> Programme of the festival

 

Here are a few suggestions among the many events that will take place:

FROM 6 TO 8 MAY

The Hermione frigate will stopover in Cherbourg: the first stopover in Normandy for the famous replica of General La Fayette's frigate! From 6 to 8 May, visitors can board and visit the ship. There will also be events and activities in the commercial port.
>> More information on the stopover of the Hermione

 

WEEKEND OF 25 AND 26 MAY

- 11th edition of the "History and Remembrance" book fair in Sainte-Mère-Église

- International March for Peace

 

MILITARY CAMP RE-ENACTMENTS

Discover re-enactments of military camps in the cities of Manche:

- Carentan-les-Marais: From 6 to 10 June, re-enactments of 2 military camps
> Camp Arizona, an allied and civilian camp. Programme to come. 
> The 10th Old Abe Camp: an immersive atmosphere in the trenches, the daily lives of soldiers, objects from the era, the battle zone of the 100th Airborne, the history of the site.

- Sainte-Mère-Église: From 1 to 9 June, re-enactment of Geronimo Camp, a military camp of American airborne troops. Discover demonstrations, a first-aid post, exhibitions of equipment, objects and American military vehicles as well as other activities and events.

- Sainte-Marie-du-Mont: From 4 to 9 June, re-enactment of an American military camp. Exhibition of a replica of a glider at the German battery of Le Holdy.

- Utah Beach: From 3 to 10 June, at Utah Memory Field, a historic gathering drawing parallels between the army of World War II and the current army. On the programme: re-enactments, objects, parades, first-flights and more.

- Hiesville: From 5 to 9 June, re-enactment of a field hospital of the 101st Airborne

- Méautis: From 31 May to 12 June: Re-enactment of a camp at the Bloody Gulch Memorial. Unique historical guided tour of the museum, exhibition of old bicycles and objects and demonstrations of a German tank


SATURDAY 1 JUNE

- Écausseville airship hangar: guided tour alongside a professional guide of the site of the Battle of Écausseville (visits scheduled from 1 to 9 June). The hangar will put on several events and activities during this period.

- Sainte-Mère-Église: International Concert for Peace

 

SUNDAY 2 JUNE

- Sainte-Mère-Église: Harley Davidson Run with more than 60 military motorcycles from the 1940s.

 

MONDAY 3 JUNE

- Carentan: Ceremony for peace

 

TUESDAY 4 JUNE

- Airborne Museum: "The Priests of the Landings" conference held at the museum. Reverend Tom Wilson, an Anglican priest from Canada, will speak about allied chaplains and their heroic role in the Battle of Normandy.

- Saint-Côme-du-Mont: Projection of the film "The Girl Who Wore Freedom" at the D-Day Experience Museum

Commémorations D Day

 

WEDNESDAY 5 JUNE

- Saint-Germain-de-Varreville: Paratrooper demonstrations in uniforms from the era.

- La Fière: Demonstration of a group of 16 Pathfinders (scouting paratroopers)

- Carentan: 140 men will parachute from seven C-47 planes onto the Purple Heart LineOfficial ceremony followed by a military parade. Starting at 9:30 p.m.: Nick Aaron in concert (actor from the TV series Band of Brothers)

 

THURSDAY 6 JUNE

- Sainte-Mère-Église: Exhibition and parade of military vehicles in the city, paratrooper demonstrations, remembrance mass, peace concert and more.

- On the shore of Utah Beach: "Freedom for the Sea" work of land art. Presentation of the pop-up sculpture created by German and French students followed by a concert from the "Voices of Shared Peace" choir. Fireworks starting at 11 p.m.

 

FRIDAY 7 JUNE

- Carentan-les-Marais: Carentan Liberty March, military demonstration from the 101st Airborne, ceremony at the Cole Memorial, inauguration of the Purple Heart Lane

- Sainte-Mère-Église: Ceremonies in the morning. At 7 p.m., Freedom banquet with veterans followed by concerts from La Jazz en Vadrouille and Ladies for Liberty

- Écausseville airship hangar: Symposium for Peace. Students can meet German and American veterans.

- Chef-du-Pont: Country-style meal followed by a ceremony

- Sainte-Marie-du-Mont: Valentines Zazous and Red Cherry in concert. Dance and swing in your 1940s attire!

 

SATURDAY 8 JUNE

- Écausseville airship hangar: Inauguration of the monument in memory of the soldiers and civilians of Écausseville followed by paratrooper demonstrations around the hangar starting at 3:30 p.m.

- Amfreville: 8 km guided historical hike on the battlefields

- Carentan-les-Marais: Watch and dance the Lindy Hop, great parade, re-enactment of an exodus, great ball. Put on your 1940s civilian wear, get out your old bike and come and join in these festive events!

- Sainte-Mère-Église: D-Day Memorial Parade with 3000 musicians, musical entertainment and Pathfinder demonstrations at Camp Geronimo

- Saint Marcouf de l’Isle: Night show at the German battery of Crisbecq (Atlantic Wall). From 7 to 10 June: Crisbecq Attack: Battle with tanks and armoured vehicles at the German battery

 

SUNDAY 9 JUNE

- Major military and historical parachuting demonstrations at La Fière: more than 1000 paratroopers, 30 airplanes and a flyby and acrobatic aerial display from the Patrouille de France.

- Sainte-Mère-Église: Exhibition and parade of military vehicles, concerts, Radio Crochet: are you an amateur or regional group? Come and play songs from the '40s and '50s. The applause meter will determine the winner! Fireworks around 11:30 p.m.

- Carentan-les-Marais: Nature race, parades of military vehicles in the city, giant picnic, rock concert. Nautical parade starting at 2 p.m.

- Sainte-Marie-du-Mont: Ivy ball

 

MONDAY 10 JUNE

- Saint-Germain-de-Varreville: Pathfinders trail running race and walk, 2nd edition

- Sainte-Mère-Église: Picnic, musical entertainment and performances: French Cancan, American equestrian show

 

TUESDAY 12 JUNE

- Carentan-les-Marais: Ceremony of the Liberation of the city

 

 

Commemorative ceremonies will be held in the cities, sites and cemeteries of Manche and Calvados. They will be followed by festivities: picnics, concerts and more.

More events to come on the programme of the commemorations of the landings!

 

Watch the teaser of the D-Day Normandy Festival

 

>> See the complete programme of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings

 

Programme is not exhaustive and subject to modifications.

 

The 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings is the opportunity to commemorate the Battle of Normandy and the liberation of France and Europe. The Allied nations of the USA, Great Britain and Canada join us to celebrate this victory in the Second World War. After the soldiers landed on the shores of Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, Sword Beach, Gold Beach and Juno Beach on the morning of 6 June 1944, the towns of Carentan, Cherbourg, Caen, Ouistreham, Dieppe, Rouen, Paris and others were liberated little by little. Today, the sites and museums of the landings in Manche and Calvados come together to celebrate the end of the battle. Soldiers and veterans from the USA, Germany, Canada and Great Britain will participate in international ceremonies for peace.