D-Day and Battle of Normandy Encyclopedia

2017 D-Day Commemorations program

This page presents the program of the various commemorative ceremonies organized in 2017 on the occasion of the 73rd anniversary of the landing and the battle of Normandy.
This program is subject to modification by the organizers.
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Bayeux (Calvados – 50)
– 4:30 pm: Concert of the Choir of the French Army at the Cathedral of Bayeux. Entrance fee: 17€ per person (10€ for children under 12 years old). Organization: D-Day Committee.

Sainte-Mère-Eglise (Manche – 50)
– All day: at the town hall, «History and memories» book fair.

Vindefontaine (Manche 50)
– 10:00 am: departure of the International March for Peace. Arrival scheduled in Sainte-Mère-Eglise at 17:00. More information: http://marche-internationale-pour-la-paix.fr.

Amfreville (Manche – 50)
– 11 am: Memorial Day ceremony at the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Organization: US Normandy Mémoire et Gratitude – daniel.briard@hotmail.fr.

Colleville-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 10:30 am: Memorial Day ceremony in memory of the Fallen American soldiers organized by the American Battle Monument Commission at the American Cemetery.

Saint-James (Manche – 50)
– 4 pm: Memorial Day ceremony in memory of the Fallen American soldiers organized by the American Battle Monument Commission at the American Cemetery.

Sainte-Mère-Eglise (Manche – 50)
Reception of the American military personnel in the local families, rendezvous at the hall of the festivals. Organization: AVA – contact@ava-normandie.org.

Beuzeville au plain (Manche – 50)
– 6:30 pm Ceremony at the stele dedicated to the crew of the 439th TCG C-47 aircraft and paratroopers of the 101st Airborne 506th PIR, Place Bienaimé Agnès (church).

Chef-du-Pont (Manche – 50)
– 12 pm: Country meal at Rex Combs Square.
– 2 pm: Ceremony at Rex Combs Square.

Coigny (Manche – 50)
– 3 pm: Commemorative ceremony in memory of the 358th Figther Group of the USAAF in front of the entrance of the castle of Franquetot, rue de Franquetot. Organization: Association D-Day Overlord and town hall of Coigny.

Hermanville-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 9:30 am: Historical walk in the footsteps of the Allies. Rendez-vous on the sea wall, rue de Fécamp – duration 2.5 hrs. Finish with a free drink at 12.30 pm. The return to the car park is possible by bus. Booking required (at the town hall) : +33 (0)2 31 36 18 00.

Picauville (Manche – 50)
– 10 am: Ceremony at the USAAF monument, priory parking lot, in front of the church, in honor of paratroopers and American aircrew. Organization: Picauville Se Souvient in partnership with the town hall – 02 33 41 02 48.
– 7 pm: Guided historic walk (10 km) “Freedom came from heaven and earth”. Go to the priory room, next to the church. Authorized reenactor uniforms without real or fake weapon. Limited places. Prices: 2€/pers. (free for children under 10). Registration required at the Tourist Office – 02 33 21 00 33 or ot.sme@ccbdc.fr.

Sainte-Mère-Eglise (Manche – 50)
– 4 pm: Ceremony on the square of the church in homage to Alexandre Renaud, Mayor of Sainte-Mère-Eglise during the Normandy landing.
– 4:30 pm: Religious office in the church of Sainte-Mère-Eglise.
– 5:30 pm: Ceremony in memory of the airborne forces and American transport units on the church square.

Arromanches-les-Bains (Calvados – 14)
Free guided tour featuring the history of Arromanches. Departure from the tourist office at 10:30, 13:30, 15:30 and 17:30 – Until June 6, 2017.

Carentan (Manche – 50)
– 10 am : Conference “The Heroes of Carentan” (in French) on military and civilian portraits and the story of Carentan, at the theater, preceded by a welcome coffee. Free. Organization: Carentan Liberty Group – carentanlibertymarch@outlook.com.
– 2:30 pm: parachuting from original C-47 aircrafts along the road between Saint-Côme-du-Mont and Carentan, baptized “Purple Hearts Lane”.
– 5 pm: Cceremony in remembrance of the American paratroopers at the Carré de Choux location, opposite of the “But” store. Parade of French and American soldiers, veterans and officials to the town hall, followed by a ceremony at the Signal Monument.

Cricqueville-en-Bessin (Calvados (14)
– 10 am: Ceremony on the Pointe du Hoc battery site, at the the bronze plaques near the information center, in honor of George G. Klein, an American veteran who participated in the Pointe assault Du Hoc on June 6 with the 2nd Ranger Battalion. This commemoration is organized to bring together members of the association D-Day Overlord and donors who have participated in the veteran’s trip to France: access is reserved for members of the association, donors and residents of Cricqueville-en-Bessin.
– 11:15 am: Ceremony at the Town Hall in honor of the American veterans George G. Klein and John T. Siewert, with the planting of trees and the inauguration of commemorative plaques in the presence of the veterans who took part in the assault on Pointe du Hoc 6 June 1944.

Foucarville (Manche – 50)
– 8:30 pm: Concert of the The Longest Jazz Day band at the Foucarville Bunker.

Picauville (Manche – 50)
– 7 pm: Ceremony at the 90th Infantry Division monument (Utah Beach road). Organisation : Picauville Se Souvient with the Town Hall – + 33 (0) 2 33 41 02 48 – charles.dennebouy@orange.fr.

Sainte-Mère-Eglise (Manche – 50)
– 10 am: Ceremony at the stele dedicated to generals Gavin and Ridgway, on the forecourt of the town hall. Organization: C-47 Club Normandy Chapter – c-47clubnormandychapter@hotmail.fr.

Angoville-au-Plain (Manche – 50)
– 11:30 am: Ceremony at the stele of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment.

Arromanches-les-Bains (Calvados – 14)
Free guided tour featuring the history of Arromanches. Departure from the tourist office at 13:30, 15:30 and 17:30 – Until June 6, 2017.

Azeville (Manche – 50)
– 3 pm
: Parachuting of reenactors from a Dakota C-47 near the German battery. Subject to favorable weather conditions.

Brévands (Manche – 50)
– 1:15 pm
: Historical hike from the Place du Grand Valnoble. Organization: Colette Noël and Patrick Fissot. Reservation required: ot.carentan@ccbdc.fr.

Carentan (Manche – 50)
– Schedule to be confirmed: departure of the Carentan Liberty March, reserved for reenactment walkers in US military uniforms. Limited places.
Organization: Carentan Liberty Group – carentanlibertymarch@outlook.com.
– 4:30 pm: re-enactment of a scene of exodus, open to the participation of the public (by wearing a civilian outfit and accessories of the 40s (hat, hat, handbag, suitcase, cart, bicycle…). : Carentan Liberty Group – lesneangelique@free.fr.
– 4:15 pm: Parade of military vehicles. Organization: Carentan Liberty Group – carentanlibertymarch@outlook.com.
– 4.30 pm: Arrival of the Carentan Liberty March and re-enactment of the 23 June 1944 ceremony.
– Timetable to be specified: Ball of the Liberation. Organization: Carentan Liberty Group – 02 33 42 19 86.

Courseulles-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 7 pm to 10 pm: The Juno Beach Center, Canadian Museum of D-Day landing beaches, is exceptionally open until 10:00 pm. Adult rate: 7€, child (8-18 years): 5.50€, under 8 years old: free of charge.
– The play “The Gift of Jake” on the history of a veteran returned to France on the occasion of the commemorations. Duration: 1 hour. For all. Price: 10€ per person.

Douvres-la-Délivrande (Calvados – 14)
– 11.30 am: Parade and static presentation of military vehicles.
– 1:30 pm: Aperitif concert.
Rue de General De Gaulle and Parvis de la Basilique. Information: 06 78 98 27 26.

Ecausseville (Manche – 50)
– 2 pm: Conference on the battle of the hangar on June 9 and 10, 1944, at the dirigibles hangar. Information: +33 2 33 08 56 02.

Foucarville (Manche – 50)
– 11 am: Ceremony at the monument of the former German prison camp. Organization: Town Hall – 02 33 41 46 30.

Hémévez (Manche – 50)
– 2:30 pm: Ceremony at the Seven Paratroopers monument. Organization: mairie.hemevez@gmail.com .
– 6 pm: Free concert at the church, organized by “Musique dans les marais”.

Grandcamp-Maisy (Calvados – 14)
– 12 pm-4 pm: Exhibition of a hundred military vehicles of collection, organized by groups of reconstitution of the MVCG France.

Hiesville (Manche – 50)
– 11 am: Historical commented (in French) hike “The night the Eagles screamed”, in the footsteps of paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division. Meeting at the village car park. Registration required at the tourist office (02 33 21 00 33).

Isigny-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 5:30 pm: Parade of military vehicles of collection, organized by groups of reconstitution of the MVCG France.

Saint-Marcouf-de-l’Isle (Manche – 50)
– 2 pm and 7 pm: Re-enactment of the storming of the German gun battery “Crisbecq Attack”. Adults €11, Children (6-14 years) €7.50. Organised by Crisbecq Battery in partnership with Association Lufteaux.

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 7:30 pm to 11 pm: giant picnic in Omaha Beach. Possibility to bring your basket. Refreshments and refreshments on site.
– 11 pm: Release of celestial lanterns (subject to weather conditions).

Sainte-Mère-Eglise (Manche – 50)
– 7 pm: Banquet of Liberty, by reservation at the Tourist Office in Sainte Mère Eglise – 02 33 21 00 33 or ot.sme@ccbdc.fr. Organization: AVA – contact@ava-normandie.org.
– 8:30 pm: “Les Dénicheurs” concert, songs of the beginning of the 20th century, near the church.
– 9:45 pm: “Tilton Krautz” concert, folk music, jazz bluegrass, near the church. Organization: Mairie – 02 33 41 31 18 – mairie-sme@wanadoo.fr.

Sannerville (Calvados – 14)
– 4:30 pm: Ceremony in tribute to the 4th brigade of the Royal Marines Commandos at the location called Maizeret.
– 5 pm : Ceremony in tribute to the British 3rd Infantry Division, at the Church Square.

Utah Beach – Sainte-Marie-du-Mont (Manche – 50)
– 7:00 pm: lanterns ceremony at the D-Day Museum. Information: 02 33 71 53 35.

Arromanches-les-Bains (Calvados – 14)
Free guided tour featuring the history of Arromanches. Departure from the tourist office at 10:30, 13:30, 15:30 and 17:30 – Until June 6, 2017.
– 11 am: DDay Arromanches Cross Triathlon. Information: +33 2 31 22 36 45.
– 9:30 pm: Concert du Girly Swing sur la Place du 6 Juin.
– 11 pm (subject to favorable weather conditions): fireworks.

Bernières-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 11 pm (subject to favorable weather conditions): fireworks.

Brévands (Manche – 50)
– 10 am: Ceremony in honor of the American paratroopers “Filthy 13” at the place called Moulin. Organization: Réal Desmarets – filthy.13@hotmail.com.

Cintheaux (Calvados – 14)
– 10 am: Commemorative ceremony at the military cemetery.

Colleville-Montgomery (Calvados – 14)
– 10:30 am: Parade of veterans and Remembrance Service, at the Montgomery statue.

Colleville-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 8:30 pm: Beach Trail Run: 21km D-Day Trail
– 8:45 pm: 14km D-Day Trail
– 9 pm: 9km D-Day Trail. Between €10 and €20 per person. +33 6 42 57 14 18.

Courseulles-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 10 am: Exhibition of Canadian military vehicles used during the Second World War. At the Juno Beach Center.
– 11 am: D-Day commemorative ceremony, Place du Marché.
– 6 pm: Pipers parade on the dikes and gathering at the end of the day in front of the Juno Beach Center. Information: + 33 2 31 97 33 25.
– 11 pm (subject to favorable weather conditions): fireworks.

Crépon (Calvados – 14)
– 12:30 pm:  Green Howards Association Service of Remembrance.

Douvres-la-Délivrande (Calvados – 14)
– 11 am: Bagpipe players parade, General de Gaulle street.
– 12 pm and 3 pm: Guided tours of the World War 2 radar facility (in English). Every day except Monday. Duration: 75 minutes. Visit included in the visit of the museum.

Gourbesville (Manche – 50)
– 10:30 am: Ceremony at the monument of the American divisions 82nd Airborne and 90th Infantry.

Isigny-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 11:30-4 pm: Great festive picnic in a guinguette atmosphere, in the Walt Disney garden. Information on 02 31 51 24 00.

La Fière (Manche – 50)
– 10:30 am: Parachuting by Liberty Jump and Round Canopy Parachuting Team from original C-47 aircrafts. Subject to favorable weather conditions.
– 1 pm: Military parachuting organized by US military personnel with the participation of about 350 paratroopers.
– 2:15 pm: Ceremony at the Iron Mike Monument, in the presence of the airborne troops. Information: 02 33 41 31 18 – mairie-sme@wanadoo.fr.

Langrune-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 11 pm (subject to favorable weather conditions): fireworks.

Longues-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 11 pm (subject to favorable weather conditions): fireworks.

Luc-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 11:30 am: Bagpipe players parade, Place du Petit Enfer.
– 11 pm (subject to favorable weather conditions): fireworks.

Méautis (Manche – 50)
– 11 pm: Interactive night show. Single rate for 10€/person, free for children under 3 years. Upon reservation. Organization: Bloody Gulch Memorial, Manoir de Donville – 02 33 42 03 22.

Merville-Franceville-Plage (Calvados – 14)
– 9:30 am: Historical hike organized by the France 44 association from the jump zone of Varaville to Amfreville via the Merville battery. Estimated duration time: 3 hours. Price: 12 € per person. Information: +33 2 31 91 47 53.

Ouistreham (Calvados – 14)
– 5 pm: Help to create the word “Sword” on the beach, near the “Flame” monument. A release of doves will celebrate the occasion.
– 11 pm (subject to favorable weather conditions): fireworks.

Périers (Manche – 50)
– 6 pm: Commemorative ceremony at the Quatre-Braves Monument, Place du General de Gaulle, in memory of the 90th US Infantry Division.

Port-en-Bessin (Calvados – 14)
– 11 pm (subject to favorable weather conditions): fireworks.

Quinéville (Manche – 50)
– 7 pm-10 pm: Nocturne at the World War II Museum: visit in the evening to discover the typical reconstructed street of the 40s, many vintage vehicles and equipment, and also World War II 1/6th scale figurines and vehicles. Organization: World War 2 Museum – 02 33 95 95 95.

Ranville (Calvados – 14)
British speedboats that took part in the D-Day Landings on 6th June 1944 will dock on the canal near Bénouville Bridge. Free visit and commentary by the crew (until 7th June).

Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 11 pm (subject to favorable weather conditions): fireworks.

Saint-Côme-du-Mont (Manche – 50)
– 11 am: Ceremony in tribute to Lieutenant Judels and Joseph Beyrle. Gathering at the town hall. Organization: Town Hall – 02 33 42 41 87.

Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes (Calvados – 14)
– Noon: Meals (reservation recommended with the Town Hall of Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes and Russy). Price: 12€ per person.
– 2 pm: Liberation Ball organized by the “La Ginguette à Coco” orchestra, free admission. Socio-cultural room. Information: mairie.saintehonorinedespertes@orange.fr.

Sainte-Mère-Eglise (Manche – 50)
– 10 am to 12 pm: Exhibition of military vehicles, Place Chennevière (opposite to the museum). Organization: Airborne Museum – 02 33 41 41 35 – 02 33 21 00 33 or ot.sme@ccbdc.fr.
– 2:30 to 3:30 pm: Musical comedy by the French troupe “La Langue forch of the butterfly” near the church.
– 4 pm: Concert “Washboard Company” on the square of the church.
– 5:45 pm: Parade and welcome ceremony of the airborne troops near the church.
– 8:30 to 9:30 pm: Radio crochet of the 40s-50s style. Remember to sign up! Organization: Mairie – 02 33 41 31 18 – mairie-sme@wanadoo.fr.
– 9:45 to 11:15 pm: Concert by “Minor Swing” near the church.
– 11:30 pm: Fireworks near the church. Organization: Mairie – 02 33 41 31 18 – mairie-sme@wanadoo.fr.

Tilly-sur-seulles (Calvados – 14)
– 09:30 am-6 pm: 9th edition of the Book Fair of the Battle of Normandy. Information on 06 07 59 46 02.

Utah Beach (Manche – 50)
– 1 am: 2nd edition of the “Longest night” hike, following the tracks of the paratroopers and the American infantrymen engaged on 6 June 1944 in the Cotentin. Departure to the Utah Beach car park, 6 to 7 hours of walking on the parachuting areas with historical commentary and then arrival at dawn on Utah beach. Reservation required at association@dday-overlord.com. Places limited to 30 people. Organization: Association D-Day Overlord.
– 11 pm (subject to favorable weather conditions): fireworks.

Ver-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 12 pm: Green Howards Association service of remembrance.

Amfreville (Calvados – 14)
– 3:30 pm: Ceremonies at the plateau.

Amfreville (Manche – 50)
– 11:45 am: Ceremony at the Monument 507th PIR. Organization: Mairie in partnership with the association US Normandie Mémoire et Gratitude – daniel.briard@hotmail.fr.
– 12:15 pm: Parachute reconstructors from a C-47 aircraft, on the DZ “T” (near the 507th PIR monument) (subject to favorable weather conditions). Organization: Liberty Jump Team – libertyjumpteam@aol.com.
– 4:30 pm: Guided Historical Hike of 8 km “These decisive days”. Go to the parking lot of the communal hall. Registration required at the tourist office (02 33 21 00 33).

Arromanches-les-Bains (Calvados – 14)
Free guided tour featuring the history of Arromanches. Departure from the tourist office at 10:30, 13:30, 15:30 and 17:30 – Until June 6, 2017.

Bavent “Le Mesnil” (Calvados – 14)
– 9:30 am : Remembrance Service and wreath laying at the 3rd Paratrooper Brigade and 1st British Paratrooper Battalion Memorial.

Bénerville-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 5 pm: Ceremony in homage to the British crews engaged in the operation Neptune in the Bay of Seine, organized in the batteries of Mont Canisy by the association “Les Amis du Mont Canisy”.

Bures-sur-Dives (Calvados – 14)
– 4:30 pm: Ceremony in tribute to Captain Jukes of the 3rd British Paratrooper Battalion at the bridge over the Dives river.

Caen (Calvados – 14)
– 4:30 pm: Ceremony at the British Garden, Caen Memorial Museum.

Carentan (Manche – 50)
– 11 am: Inauguration of a memorial to Major John Tucker in charge of rebuilding the bridges on the Douve and the Taute rivers. Organization: Town Hall – 02 33 42 74 00.

Colleville-Montgomery (Calvados – 14)
– 4 pm: D-Day Pipes and Drum Normandy Tour, concert of pipers coming from various countries. Information: +33 2 31 97 18 63

Cricqueville-en-Bessin – Pointe du Hoc (Calvados – 14)
– 3:30 pm: Commemorative ceremony in memory of the Rangers, with US veteran George G. Klein, 2nd Ranger Battalion.

Gourbesville (Manche – 50)
– 10:30 am: Ceremony at the monument of the American 90th Infantry and 82nd Airborne divisions. Organization: Mairie in partnership with the association US Normandie Mémoire et Gratitude – daniel.briard@hotmail.fr.

Graines (Manche – 50)
– 5:30 pm: Commemorative ceremony in memory of American paratroopers.
– 6:15 pm: Parachuting reconstructors from a C-47 aircraft, overfly of the church (subject to favorable weather conditions). Organization: Liberty Jump Team – libertyjumpteam@aol.com.

Hermanville-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 6 pm: Ceremony at the British military cemetery.

Neuville-au-Plain (Manche – France)
– 9/15 am: A vintage bike ride (civilian clothes from the WW2 period and bikes from 1940-45). Circuit of about 20 km, with commented stops. Limited to 50 participants. Free. Information and reservations: 06 60 14 01 67 or christian.marie.royer@orange.fr. Organization: Nathalie & CVMO & Roulante Gauloise.

Ouistreham (Calvados – 14)
– 9 am: Franco-British remembrance ceremony at the ferry terminal.

Ranville (Calvados – 14)
– 10 am: arrival of WW2 veterans at the Pegasus Memorial museum.
– 11 am: commemorative ceremony at the Pegasus Memorial museum.

Saint-Aubin-d’Arquenay (Calvados – 14)
– 10:30 am: Ceremony at the stelae.
– 12 pm: Wine reception offered by the town hall.

Saint-Germain-de-Varreville (Manche – 50)
– 4 pm: parachute drop from a C-47 aircraft “Operation Reed Pelfrey Pathfinder Memorial” (subject to favorable weather conditions). Organization: RCPT – staff@rcpt.eu.

Sainteny (Manche – 50)
– 10.30 am: Contemplation at the stele of La Roserie, south of the commune (on the RD 971 take the second road to the left of Sainteny towards Périers).
– 11:15 am: Recollection at the Forges stele (on the RD 971).
– 12 pm: Meet at the school board for the planting of a tree in memory of Bill Springs, an American veteran. Organization: Town Hall – 02 33 42 05 64.

Sainte-Croix-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 3 pm: Ceremony at the site of the B3 airfield, route de Ver-sur-mer. Information: stecroixsurmer@wanadoo.fr.
– 3:30 pm: Tribute to the liberators of the commune and inauguration of a commemorative plaque at the foot of the remarkable maple, at Clos Saint-Martin, road of Crépon.
– 3:50 pm: Moment of conviviality on the spot, in the small renovated building.

Sainte-Honorine-de-Pertes  (Calvados – 14)
– 5:30 pm: Conference of the American veteran George G. Klein and testimony of his experience of D-Day during the assault of Pointe du Hoc with the 2nd Ranger Battalion. In the socio-cultural room. Organization: Association D-Day Overlord.

Sainte-Mère-Eglise (Manche – 50)
– 9 am: Remembrance Mass at the church.
– 10 am to 12 pm: Exhibition of military vehicles, Place Chennevière (opposite to the museum). Organization: Airborne Museum – 02 33 41 41 35.
– 12 pm: Normandy Day picnic with musical entertainment, near the church. Tables at disposal.
– 3:45 pm: Concert by the 82nd Airborne Division Choir, near the church.
– 4:30 pm: Ceremony at the Monument Signal, rue du General de Gaulle. Organization: Mairie – 02 33 41 31 18 – mairie-sme@wanadoo.fr.

Troarn (Calvados – 14)
– 5 pm : Ceremony dedicated to the paras graves of the 8th British Paratrooper Battalion.
– 5:30 pm: Ceremony at the plate of the 3rd British Paratrooper Battalion and the French WW1 Monument.

Utah Beach (Manche – 50)
– 07:45 am: Reenactment of a landing with the American L.C.V.P. “PA30-4”, at the Madeleine beach, facing the U.S Navy monument (subject to favorable weather conditions). Organization: Association Challenge L.C.V.P. – Higgins Boat – secretaire@challengelcvp.com.

Vierville-sur-Mer (14)
– 10:30 am: Commemorative ceremony in memory of the Alliance resistance network with inauguration of a commemorative plaque.

Amfreville (Manche – 50)
– 11 am: Ceremony at Timmes Orchard Monument, chemin du Tiers, organised by the US Normandie Mémoire et Gratitude (daniel.briard@hotmail.fr).
– 11:30 am: parachutes of reenactors aboard a C-47 plane at the place “Le Thiers”, in memory of the men of the 507th PIR (subject to favorable weather conditions). Organization: Liberty Jump (libertyjumpteam@aol.com).

Arromanches-les-Bains (Calvados – 14)
Free guided tour featuring the history of Arromanches. Departure from the tourist office at 10:30, 13:30, 15:30 and 17:30 – Until June 6, 2017.
– 4 pm: parade of veterans and commemorative ceremony, Place du 6 Juin 1944.

Asnelles (Calvados – 14)
– 08:45 am- 5 pm: 20km historic hike in the footsteps of the 47 Royal Marine Commando. Departure from Asnelles, main car park, next to the bunker. Arrival at Port-en-Bessin. For further information: ken.cowdery@tiscali.co.uk.

Banneville-la-Campagne (Calvados – 14)
– 4 pm: Commemorative ceremony at the military cemetery.

Bayeux (Calvados – 14)
10 am: Commemorative ceremony at the Bayeux cathedral, followed by a parade to the cemetery.
– 12 pm: Commemorative ceremony at the Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery.

Bénouville (Calvados – 14)
– 5 pm: Ceremony in memory of Franco-British commandos at the Pegasus Bridge.
9 pm: Concert of the Mezzo Soprano Emma Brown accompanied by “The Band of Liberation” on the square of the the square of the Bénouville castle.

Bény-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 6 pm: Commemorative ceremony at the Canadian Military Cemetery.

Caen (Calvados – 14)
– 9:15 am: Ceremony in memory of the 87 resisters shot on June 6, 1944 at the prison of Caen, Général Duparge road.
– 10:15 am: Ceremony in memory of the civilian victims during the Battle of Normandy, at the Saint-Georges church at the Castle of Caen.
– 11:15 am: Ceremony in tribute to the 3rd (GB) Infantry Division, avenue de la Libération.

Carentan (Manche – 50)
2:30 pm: Ceremony at the Signal Monument next to the Town Hall.

Colleville-Montgomery (Calvados – 14)
– 8 am: Ceremonies in honor of the Franco-British commandos, starting from the Montgomery stela and then at the French and British steles.
– 8:30 am: Wreath laying, dispersion of the ashes of French Commando Paul Chouteaux.
– 9 am: Remembrance Mass in the open air facing the sea.
– 9:30 am: Coffee offered by the town hall.
– 10 am: Ceremony of the Marins Fusiliers belonging to the French Navy.
– 5 pm: Ceremony at the Hillman battery site.

Colleville-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
-10:15 am: Commemorative ceremony at the monument of the 1st Infantry Division.
– 2 pm: Commemorative ceremony at the American cemetery.

Courseulles-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 3:30 pm: Commemorative ceremony at the Juno Beach Center, Garth Webb Esplanade.

Creully (Calvados – 14)
– 11 am: Comemorative ceremony at the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards Memorial.

Cricqueville-en-Bessin – Pointe du Hoc (Calvados – 14)
– 6 am: Departure of the D-Day 44 Challenge, a 44-mile run from Pointe du Hoc to Bénouville.

Ecausseville (Manche – 50)
– 2 pm: Conference on the battle of the hangar of 9 and 10 June 1944 and the role of the hangar in the aftermath of the battle. Organization: Dirigibles Hangar. Information: + 33 2 33 08 56 02.

Grandcamp-Maisy (Calvados – 14)
– 5:30 pm: Commemorative ceremony at the communal cemetery in memory of Commandant Philippe Kieffer. Organization: Town hall.

Hérouville-Saint-Clair (Calvados – 14)
– 11 am: Commemorative ceremony at the War Memorial, Place of December 1st, 1945.

Hiesville (50)
– 3:15 pm: parachutes from a C-47 aircraft “Operation Maxwell Taylor – HQ 101st” (subject to favorable weather conditions). Organization: RCPT – staff@rcpt.eu.

Ouistreham (Calvados – 14)
– 2:45 pm: Ceremony at the WW1 memorial.
– 3 pm: Ceremony in memory of the British and French commandos at the roundabout.
– 4 pm: Ceremony at the civil cemetery.

Ranville (Calvados – 14)
– 6:30 pm: Ceremony in memory of the British and French commandos at the British military cemetery.

Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 9:30 am: Commemorative landing ceremony at Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer (Juno Beach), on the beach and at the Canadiens Square.

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 11:30 am: Commemorative ceremony at the 29th Infantry Division monument.

Sainte-Mère-Eglise (Manche – 50)
– 10 am: Ceremony at the stadium in memory of the temporary military cemeteries.
– 3:45 pm: Wreath laying ceremony at the Monument Signal, General de Gaulle Street, with the participation of the French D-Day Committee.
– 8:30 pm: Concert for Peace, in the church. Organization: Mairie – 02 33 41 31 18 – mairie-sme@wanadoo.fr.

Utah Beach – Sainte-Marie-du-Mont (Manche – 50)
08:30 am: Reenacting of a landing with the American L.C.V.P. “PA30-4”, at the Madeleine beach, facing the U.S Navy monument (subject to favorable weather conditions). Organization: Association Challenge L.C.V.P. – Higgins Boat – secretaire@challengelcvp.com.
– 10 am: Commemorative ceremony commemorating the airborne troops at Major Dick Richard Winters Memorial (Departmental road 913 towards Utah Beach). Due to security requirements, access to the ceremony is only by invitation at the checkpoint and only vehicles carrying veterans are authorized by the security forces to enter the ceremony site. Organization: Association D-Day Overlord.
11 am: Franco-Danish commemoration ceremony at the Danish monument.
– 2 pm: Peace ceremony. Access to the ceremony is only by invitation.

– 4.30 pm: National Commemorative Ceremony of the Allied landing in Normandy. Organization: Utah Beach Museum – 02 33 71 53 35. Access to the ceremony is only by invitation.

Ver-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 9:45 am: Cérémonie au mémorial du 2nd Battalion The Hertfordshire Regiment, à l’angle de la route départementale 514 et l’avenue du colonel Harper.
– 10:55 am: Commemorative ceremony at the Civilian Victims’ Memorial, Byrd Square.

Vierville-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 9 am: Commemorative ceremony at the National Guard Monument.

Bayeux (Calvados – 14)
– 11 am: Celebrations of the liberation of Bayeux, Stele of the liberators (Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy, Boulebard Fabian Ware).

Caen (Calvados – 14)
– 2:30 pm: Commemorative ceremony in memory of Canadian soldiers at the Canadian Remembrance Garden (Caen Memorial).
– 3:30 pm: Ceremony at the Canadian Monument, Place de l’Ancienne Boucherie.
– 4:30 pm: Ceremony in memory of Canadians at the Ardenne Abbey garden.

Chef-du-Pont (Manche – 50)
– 8:30 pm: French theater show “The Gift of Jake”, as part of “Cities in Stage” at Salle de la Petite Vitesse. Duration: 1 hour – From 10 years – 9 € / person. Reservations on 02 33 05 98 41. Organization: Conseil Départemental de la Manche – Villes en scène.

Hermanville-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 9:30 am: Historical walk in the footsteps of the Allies. Rendez-vous on the sea wall, rue de Fécamp – duration 2.5 hrs. Finish with a free drink at 12.30 pm. The return to the car park is possible by bus. Booking required (at the town hall) : +33 (0)2 31 36 18 00.

Merville-Franceville-Plage (Calvados – 14)
– 10 am: Ceremony in honor of the No. 3 Commando in presence of veterans at the Merville battery.

Port-en-Bessin (Calvados – 14)
– 10:30 am: Wreath laying at the Remembrance garden, Phare road.
– 11:30 am: Wreath laying at the monument of Captain Cousins, gunners’ path.
– 12:15 pm: Wreath laying at the 47th Royal Marine Commando monument, Place Gaudin.
– Parade of military vehicles along the streets.

Quinéville (Manche – 50)
– 7 pm- 10 pm: Nocturne at the World War II Museum: visit in the evening to discover the typical reconstructed street of the 40s, many vintage vehicles and equipment, and also World War II  1/6th scale figurines and vehicles. Organization: World War 2 Museum – 02 33 95 95 95.

Verrières (Calvados – 14)
– 10 am: Ceremony honoring the B Squadron of the Royal Dragoon Guards.

Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 2 pm: History Hike (13km) in memory of the Canadians who landed on Juno Beach, departure in front of the cannon. Organised by: Saint-Aubin Rando. Prior booking required at the tourist Office in Saint Aubin or call the number +33 2 31 97 30 41.

Tessel (Calvados – 14)
– 10 am: Ceremony at the Memorial to the Royal Dragoon Guards, 12th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 1st Battalion Tyneside Scottish and the 24th Lancers.

Grandcamp-Maisy (Calvados – 14)
– 11 am: Commemorative ceremony at Maisy’s battery in memory of the fights of the 5th US Ranger Battalion to capture the German battery. Organization: Association D-Day Overlord with the Maisy battery museum.

Bretteville-sur-Laize (Calvados – 14)
– 8 pm: Religious office in Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation church.
– 8:45 pm: Ceremony commemorating the bombardment of the commune at the monument aux Morts, Place de la Mairie.

Caen (Calvados – 14)
– 7 pm: La Rochambelle 5 km run, starting from the Parc Expo.

Ecausseville (Manche – 50)
-3:45 pm: Inauguration at the airship shed (hangar à dirigeables in French) of the monument for US soldiers belonging to the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. Organization: AAHDE.

Le Molay-Littry (Calvados – 14)
– 2:30 pm: 9km historical hike, to discover the history of Le-Molay-Littry between 1941 and 1944, from the occupation to liberation, including the construction of the A9 airfield. With prior booking as limited places available. Meet at the Musée de la Mine: +33 2 31 51 96 56.

Saint-Aubin-d’Arquenay (Calvados – 14)
– 7 pm: Celebration of the liberation of the town with exhibitions, music and songs by a local band, Véronique et David. Food available on site, at the Salle polyvalente. staubindarquenay@gmail.com.

Bénouville (Calvados – 14)
– 8:55 am: “Les Courants de la Liberté” is a festival of races for everyone. The half-marathon known as “The Pegasus” will start at Bénouville at 0855hrs and finish at Parc Expo in Caen. Maximum of 4,500 participants.

Courseulles-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 9:10 am: 29th D-Day Landings Marathon. Set over a legendary 42.195km both personal endeavour and the discovery of major milestones of the Normandy Landings (Juno Beach, Sword Beach and Pegasus Bridge) add a historical element to this sporting challenge. Finish the at Parc Expo, Caen. Maximum of 3,000 participants. Open to anyone born in 1997 and before (minimum age 20).

Carentan (Manche – 50)
– 5 pm: Ceremony “Carentan’s liberation”, place de la République.
– 5:30 pm: Flower of the grave of Danièle Laisney, in the cemetery. This 8-year-old girl was present at the presentation of the Silver Star medal to American soldiers in 1944 and was killed by an enemy shell. She is honored by the town of Carentan which deposits each year a bouquet of flowers on its tomb. Organization: Town Hall – + 33 2 33 42 74 00.

Bernières-sur-Mer (14)
– 2 pm: “La Berniere” naval gathering with small craft (kayaks, catamarans, paddles…) in tribute to the Canadian soldiers who landed in Juno Beach. For further information, please call 33 6 67 74 48 03.

Montfiquet (Calvados – 14)
– 8:30 am: D-Day Bike Ride, discovery by bike of sites and monuments of the Battle of Normandy on a circuit of 70 kilometers. Go to the tourist office of the Maison de la Forêt. Information: 33 2 31 51 96 56 or 33 6 82 19 13 54.

Vouilly (Manche – 50)
– 2:30 pm: Guided tour of the press room of the Château de Vouilly, with reservation required at the tourist office of Isigny-sur-Mer. Information: 33 2 31 21 46 00.

Bayeux (Calvados – 14)
– 11 am: Commemoration of the Appeal of 18th June of General de Gaulle, at the Vaucelles roundabout.

Périers (Manche – 50)
– 6 pm: Inauguration of a monument at the Tollemer Park in memory of two American pilots of the 508th Fighter Squadron, Ben Kitchens and Bert Espy, killed in a flight collision on June 24, 1944.

Caen (Calvados – 14)
– 5 pm: Ceremony commemorating the liberation of the left bank of Caen, place Monseigneur des Hameaux.

Caen (Calvados – 14)
– 5:30 pm: Ceremony commemorating the liberation of the right bank of Caen, stele of the Canadians (rue d’Auge).

Saint-Martin-de-Varreville (Manche – 50)
– 10 am: Commemorative ceremony in memory of the 2nd Armored Division (2nd DB), at the Leclerc Monument.
– 11 am: Mass in memory of the veterans of the 2nd DB, in the church. Wine of honor and banquet (on reservation). Organization: Town Hall – 02 33 41 46 68.

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