26May 17Jun

2018 D-Day Commemorations Programme


In June 2018, the Normandy Landings will be commemorated in the Manche.


Ceremonies, military vehicle parades, militaria fairs, parachute drops, reconstructed military camps, and more, in celebration of Normandy’s liberation!


Among the many events being held, here are a few ideas:


Weekend of 26 & 27 May

-10th ‘Histoire et mémoires’ Book Fair, in Sainte-Mère-Eglise

-12th International Walk for Peace (Carentan / Sainte-Mère-Eglise)


Friday 1 June

-Foucarville: Musical entertainment by the sea


Saturday 2 June

- Normandy Day Picnic

- Musical entertainment all day long

- US Parade and procession of vintage military vehicles

- Banquet of Liberty

- Vintage talent competition: Amateur singers or bands from the region are invited to come and sing the songs of 1940s and 1950s. The applausometer will decide the winner!

- Fireworks Display

Saturday 2 to Monday 4 June

- Sainte-Mère-Eglise: Exhibition of military vehicles


Sunday 3 June

- Large-scale military parachute drops based on historical events in La Fière, 3 km from Sainte-Mère-Eglise

-Sainte-Mère-Eglise: - Musical entertainment and vintage military vehicles parade


Monday 4 June

- Militaria fair at Ecausseville airship hangar

- Military ceremonies in Sainte-Mère-Eglise, Amfreville and Foucarville


Tuesday 5 June

-Sainte-Mère-Eglise: Militaria fair, ceremonies and remembrance mass


Wednesday 6 June

-Sainte-Marie-du-Mont: Ceremony at Utah Beach

-Sainte-Mère-Eglise: Peace Concert


Commémorations D Day


A number of towns in the Manche will host reconstructions of military camps:


Friday 1 to Sunday 3 June

Carentan: Reconstruction of the US and civilian army camp Camp Arizona.


Friday 1 June to Sunday 7 June

- Sainte-Marie-du-Mont: Reconstruction of a military camp with scale models


Monday 2 June to Wednesday 6 June

-Sainte-Mère-Eglise: Reconstruction of the US military camp Camp Geronimo


New events are being added to the Normandy Landings commemorations programme all the time.


>> See the full events programme for the 74th anniversary of D-Day.