73rd anniversary of the Normandy landings

2017 programme of D-Day commemorations

 

In June 2017, La Manche commemorates the Normandy landings.

Ceremonies, parades with military vehicles, military fairs, paratroopers, military camp re-enactments… Normandy celebrates its liberation!

 

On the programme:

 

THE WEEKEND OF 27 ANS 28 MAY

- The “History and Memories” book fair in Sainte-Mère-Eglise

- An international walk for Peace (Vindefontaine / Sainte Mère Eglise)

- “Memorial Day” in Amfreville

 

FROM FRIDAY 2 TO MONDAY 5 JUNE

The towns of La Manche put on re-enactments of military camps:

- Carentan: Re-enactment of “Camp Arizona”, an allied and civilian camp. Discover life at the camp, parades with vehicles, a ball, a concert and more.

 -Sainte-Mère-Eglise: Re-enactment of “Camp Geronimo”, an American paratrooper military camp. Discover a demonstration of American paratroopers, a first aid post, exhibitions of equipment and vehicles, re-enactments of the “soldiers’ quarters” and military cuisine.

- Sainte-Marie-du-Mont: Re-enactment of an American military camp

 

FRIDAY 2 JUNE

- Paratroopers in period uniforms aboard a C-47 plane in Carentan and a parade with French and American soldiers, veterans and celebrities

- Liberation Evening in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

- Military fair in Sainte-Mère-Eglise

 

SATURDAY 3 JUNE

- In Carentan: Carentan Liberty March, concert, re-enactment of an exodus, parade with military vehicles, Liberation ball. Put on civilian period clothing, get out your old bike and come and participate in these festive events!

- In Sainte-Mère-Eglise: Military vehicle exhibitions, concerts and a brass band parade, Freedom banquet, concerts, …

- Utah Beach, Sainte-Marie-du-Mont: Evening at the Landing Museum, picnic concert, lantern release

 

Commémorations D Day

 

SUNDAY 4 JUNE

- Military and historical parachuting in La Fière, 3 km from Sainte-Mère-Eglise,

- In Sainte-Mère-Eglise: Exhibition and parade with military vehicles, musical performance by the theatre company “La Langue fourchue du papillon”, “New Orleans” jazz concert, retro talent show, fireworks
Amateur or regional groups, come and play songs from the 40s and 50s. The applause meter will determine the winner!

 

MONDAY 5 AND TUESDAY 6 JUNE

Commemorative ceremonies will take place in Sainte-Mère-Eglise, followed by festivities including picnics and concerts.

 

 

More events will be added to the programme of commemorations of the Normandy landings!  

 

 

>> See the complete programme of the 73rd anniversary of the Landings

 

International WWII film festival

 

From Friday 2 to Tuesday 6 June, a new film festival will take place at the Landing Museum in Utah Beach:
the international film festival “2nde guerre mondiale” Normandy 2017.

 

 

Commémorations D Day

5 evenings of showings will take place, kicked off with an opening ceremony.

Actors and veterans of the Second World War will be interviewed.

Numerous awards will be given out: best documentary, best short film, best feature film, best screenplay and more.  

 

The honorary president is the American actor and director Kyle Chandler.

 

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