D-Day 74th anniversary agenda – Normandy – 2018

D-Day 74th anniversary agenda – 2018

This page presents the calendar of the various commemorative ceremonies organized in 2018 on the occasion of the 74th anniversary of the Normandy landings and the Battle of Normandy.
This program is subject to change by the organizers.

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Sainte-Mère-Eglise (Manche department – 50)
– 2:30-6:30 pm: 10th Book Fair “History and Memories” at the Festival Hall. Presence of about fifty invited authors. Free admission. Information: 02 33 04 60 19.
– 10:00: International Walk for Peace. Departure from Haut Dick to Carentan-les-Marais. Arrival at 5:45 pm at Sainte-Mère-Eglise. Information: 02 33 41 41 48.

Amfreville (Manche department – 50)
– 11 am: ceremony for the Memorial Day at the Monument of the 507th Regiment of the 82nd Airborne.

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– 10 am-12 pm: randonnée commentée sur la plage d’Omaha.

Sainte-Mère-Eglise (Manche department – 50)
– 10 am to 12 pm / 2:30-6:00 pm: 10th Book Fair “History and Memories” at the Festival Hall. Presence of about fifty invited authors. Free admission. Information: 02 33 04 60 19.

Carentan-les-Marais (Manche department – 50)
– 6:00 pm: reception of American soldiers in families. Contact: town hall: 02 33 42 74 00.

Sainte-Mère-Eglise (Manche department – 50)
– 6:00 pm: reception of American soldiers in families. Contact: AVA contact@avanormandie.org

Chef-du-Pont (Manche department – 50)
– 2:00 pm: commemorative ceremony at the Rex Combs Square.

Picauville (Manche department – 50)
– 10:00 am: ceremony in honor of the US Air Force at the USAAF monument.
– 5:00 pm: ceremony in honor of the US Air Force at the USAAF monument.

Sainte-Mère-Eglise  (Manche department – 50)
– 4:00 pm: stele ceremony in memory of Alexandre Renaud.
– 4:30 pm: commemorative mass in the church.
– 5:30 pm: ceremony at the AVA monument. Information: 02 33 41 72 76.

Carentan-les-Marais (Manche department – 50)
– 10:00 am: historical conference on the battle of Carentan and those who lived it, at the Carentan Theater. Free entry.
– 12:00 pm: drop of paratroopers (reenactors) along the “Purple Heart Lane”. Subject to favorable weather conditions.
– 04:30 pm: commemorative ceremony at the stele of the Carré de Choux (facing the “But” store).
– 05:30 pm: commemorative ceremony at Signal Monument, in front of City Hall.
– 06:00 pm: military parade to the port.

Foucarville  (Manche department – 50)
– 08:30 pm: musical entertainment by the sea “Foucarville Bunker”.

Méautis (Manche department – 50)
– 10:45 pm: Pageant night show about the Battle of Bloody Gulch at Donville Manor. 10 €/person. Information: +33 2 33 42 03 22/+33 6 47 51 02 69.

Picauville  (Manche department – 50)
– 07:00 pm: ceremony in honor of the soldiers of the 90th US Infantry Division at the dedicated stele (Utah Beach street).

Sainte-Mère-Eglise  (Manche department – 50)
– 10:00 am: wreath laying at the stele of Generals Gavin and Ridgway on the forecourt of the town hall. Information: 06 75 15 90 90.

Angoville-au-Plain (Manche department – 50)
– 09:30 am: reenactors air drop from the “Drag Em Oot” C-47 aircraft (subject to favorable weather conditions).
– 10:00 am: ceremony in the city center.
– 10:30 am: mass in the church.
– 11:30 am: ceremony at the monument dedicated to the medics Robert E. Wright and Kenneth J. Moore of the 2nd battalion of the 501st PIR of the 101st Airborne Division.

Azeville (Manche department – 50)
– 02:00 pm: reenactors parachuting rom a C-47 plane (subject to favorable weather conditions).

Carentan-les-Marais (Manche department – 50)
– 12:30 am: ceremony at the Cole monument in tribute to soldiers of Native American origin in the presence of veteran Norman Shay.
– 01:30 pm: historical hike commented from the tourist office. Reservation at +33 2 33 71 23 50.
– 04:00 pm: arrival of the Carentan Liberty March (march carried out by collectors in period dress), Place de la République, in the presence of veterans.
– 09:00 pm: liberation ball at the village hall. 7 € without reservation. Organization: Carentan Liberty Group: +33 2 33 42 19 86.

Colleville-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– 02:00 pm – 06:00 pm: autograph session at the Overlord Museum by authors and historians of the Battle of Normandy.

Courseulles-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– 05:00 pm: chaplain conference at the Juno Beach Center by Tom Wilson, Anglo-Canadian priest.

Douvres-la-Délivrande (Calvados department – 14)
– 11:30 am: parade of military vehicles, rue de General de Gaulle.

Ecausseville (Manche department – 50)
– 02:00 pm: conference on the Battle of Ecausseville at the hangar. 5 € / person. Reservation: +33 2 33 08 56 02.

Formigny (Calvados department – 14)
– 05:00 pm: lecture on the American city of Bedford and its memorial (in French). Information: +33 6 10 16 70 96.

Hémévez (Manche department – 50)
– 11:00 am: commemorative ceremony in memory of the execution of 7 paratroopers on June 6, 1944, at the communal cemetery.

Hiesville (Manche department – 50)
– 03:00 pm: Historical commented 9 km hike on the tracks of the paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division. Contact: US Normandy +33 2 33 52 63 27.

Méautis (Manche department – 50)
– 10:45 pm: Pageant night show about the Battle of Bloody Gulch at Donville Manor. 10 €/person. Information: +33 2 33 42 03 22/+33 6 47 51 02 69.

Neuville-au-Plain (Manche department – 50)
– 02:00 pm: ceremony in honor of the 505th PIR of the 82nd Airborne Division. Contact: +33 6 61 36 90 57.

Saint-Côme-du-Mont (Manche department – 50)
– 10:30 pm: free outdoor screening of Chaplin’s “The Dictator” (subject to favorable weather conditions). Provide sunbeds and blankets. On-site catering from 19h. Information: + 33 2 31 97 95 92.

Saint-Côme-du-Mont (Manche department – 50)
– 10:00 am to 01:00 pm: signing session and exchanges with American veterans and actors from the Band of Brothers series at the D-Day Experience Museum.

Saint-Germain-de-Varreville (Manche department – 50)
– 16:00: ceremonia conmemorativa en conmemoración de la ejecución de 7 paracaidistas el 6 de junio de 1944 en el cementerio comunal.

Saint-Marcouf-de-l’Isle (Manche department – 50)
– from 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm: re-enactment camp and dynamic show performed by re-enactors. Reservation: +33 6 68 41 09 04.

Sainte-Marie-du-Mont (Manche department – 50)
– 11:00 pm:  lanterns ceremony in memory of the American soldiers.

Sainte-Mère-Eglise (Manche department – 50)
– 10:00 am: exhibition of military vehicles, place Chenevière.
– 10:30 am: American football game.
– 12:00 pm: picnic meal “Normandy Day” near the church.
– 12:15 pm: musical entertainment near the church.
– 05:00 pm: Parade in the city with parade of WW2 military vehicles.
– 07:00 pm: Banquet of Liberty, organized by the AVA. Information: 02 33 41 72 76.
– 08:30 pm: Radio hook of the years 40-50.
– 09:45 pm: musical entertainment near the church.
– 11:30 pm: fireworks, Church Square.

Arromanches-les-Bains (Calvados department – 14)
– 10:00: cross-triathlon with swimming at sea VTT and trail.
Format M: departure 9h, nakt_on 1000 meters, mountain bike 24 km and trail 8 km.
Format S: departure 9h45, swimming 500 meters, mountain bike 12 km and trail 4 km. Information: 06 85 01 97 49/06 12 42 86 67.

Brévands (Manche department – 50)
– 10:00 am: ceremony at a place called Le Moulin in honor of “Filthy 13”, American paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division. Organization: Réal Desmarets.

Bernières-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– 02:00 pm: parade of bagpipers from the Îlot des Français to the dike and in front of the House of Canadians.

Carentan-les-Marais (Manche department – 50)
– 11:00: parade of military vehicles in downtown.

Courseulles-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– 10:00 am to 06:00 pm: exhibition of military vehicles at the Juno Beach Center.
– 03:30 pm: parade of bagpipers from the market place to the dike.
– 6:00 pm: bagpipers gathering on Juno Park.

Douvres-la-Délivrande (Calvados department – 14)
– 11:00: parade of bagpipers from the Court of Yvrande to the Basilica.

Ecausseville (Manche department – 50)
– 02:00 pm: conference on the Battle of Ecausseville at the hangar. 5 € / person. Reservation: +33 2 33 08 56 02.

Gonneville-en-Auge (Calvados department – 14)
– 09:30: historic 7 km hike in the footsteps of Allied paratroopers, starting from the church. Information: +33 6 72 63 87 51.

La Fière  (Manche department – 50)
– 11:00 am: parachute of the Liberty Jump and Round Canopy Parachuting Team reenactors from C-47 Dakota aircraft. Subject to favorable weather conditions.
– 01:00 pm: parachute of nearly 600 soldiers of the Allied Armed Forces. Subject to favorable weather conditions.
– 02:30 pm: ceremony at the Iron Mike monument.

Langrune-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– 11:00: parade of bagpipers on the Place du 6 Juin and the dike.

Luc-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– 02:00 pm: parade of bagpipers from the town hall to the dike.

Méautis (Manche department – 50)
– 10:45 pm: Pageant night show about the Battle of Bloody Gulch at Donville Manor. 10 €/person. Information: +33 2 33 42 03 22/+33 6 47 51 02 69.

Montfiquet (Calvados department – 14)
– 10:00: historic hike of 7 km in the forest of Cerisy, starting from the House of the Forest, in the footsteps of the inhabitants of the period 1944. Information: +33 2 31 21 46 00.

Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– 03:30 pm: parade of bagpipers from the dike to the Canadians Square.

Saint-Côme-du-Mont (Manche department – 50)
– 11:00 am: commemorative ceremony in the town.

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– 08h30: historical hike of 3 hours presenting the fighting of Omaha Beach, starting from the monument Les Braves. Information: +33 2 31 21 58 29.
– 11:30 am: ceremony in honor of the women involved in the Second World War, at the Signal monument.

Saint-Marcouf-de-l’Isle (Manche department – 50)
– from 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm: re-enactment camp and dynamic show performed by re-enactors. Reservation: +33 6 68 41 09 04.

Sainte-Mère-Eglise (Manche department – 50)
– 11:00 am: signing by Band of Brothers actors at the Utah Beach Museum

Sainte-Mère-Eglise (Manche department – 50)
– 10:00 am: exhibition of military vehicles, place Chenevière.
– 03:45 pm: concert of the choir of the 82nd Airborne Division, near the church.
– 05:45 pm: arrival in the city of the soldiers who took part in the parachuting of La Fière.
– 06:00 pm: parade of WW2 military vehicles.
– 11:00 pm: civil air drop demonstration (subject to favorable weather conditions).

Tilly-sur-Seulles (Calvados department – 14)
– 09:30 am -06:00 pm: 10th edition of the book fair on the theme of the Battle of Normandy, at the Museum of the Battle of Tilly-sur-Seulles. Information: +33 6 07 59 46 02.

Amfreville (Manche department – 50)
– 11:45 am: ceremony at the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment monument.
– 12:00 pm: air drop of reenactors from the C-47 “Drag Em Oot” (subject to favorable weather conditions).
– 04:00 pm: 8 km historical commentary on the traces of the fighting fought by the Americans in the area. Contact: US Normandy: +33 (0) 2 33 52 63 27.

Ecausseville (Manche department – 50)
– 02:00 pm: conference on the Battle of Ecausseville at the hangar. 5 € / person. Reservation: +33 2 33 08 56 02.

Foucarville  (Manche department – 50)
– 03:00 pm: ceremony at the former German prison camp.

Gourbesville (Manche department – 50)
– 10:30 am: ceremony at the monument of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Ravenoville  (Manche department – 50)
– 04:00 pm: ceremony at the eternal heroes memorial.

Sainte-Mère-Eglise (Manche department – 50)
– 10:00 am: exhibition of military vehicles, place Chenevière.
– 06:00 pm: peace ceremony near the church.

Amfreville  (Manche department – 50)
– 03:30 pm: ceremony at the DeGlopper monument.

Arromanches-les-Bains (Calvados department – 14)
– 11:00 am and 4:00 pm: gathering of pipers, place of June 6th.

Bénouville (Calvados department – 14)
– 06:15 pm: veterans welcome concert on the esplanade of the multi-purpose hall.

Beuzeville-au-Plain  (Manche department – 50)
– 06:30 pm: memorial ceremony at the Place Bienaimé Agnès.

Coigny (Manche department – 50)
– 03:00 pm: commemorative ceremony in tribute to the American soldiers of the 358th Fighter Group (USAAF), at the Château de Franquetôt. Organization: D-Day Overlord Association.

Colleville-Montgomery (Calvados department – 14)
– 04:00 pm: gathering of pipers and drummers on the place of the landing. Information: +33 2 31 97 12 61.

Creully (Calvados department – 14)
– 10:00 am-12:00 pm / 14:30 pm-18:00 pm: visit of the radio museum and the BBC tower of Creully castle. Information: +33 6 70 46 08 82.

Cricqueville-en-Bessin – Pointe du Hoc (Calvados department – 14)
– 04:00 pm: commemorative ceremony commemorating the American Rangers of 2nd and 5th Battalions.

Ecausseville (Manche department – 50)
– 02:00 pm: conference on the Battle of Ecausseville at the hangar. 5 € / person. Reservation: +33 2 33 08 56 02.

Graignes (Manche department – 50)
– 05:00 pm: parachuting of reenactors from a C-47 plane near the Franco-American memorial (subject to favorable weather conditions).

Hermanville-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– 09:30 am: historic hike of 2 hours 30 from the dike, rue de Fécamp, dedicated to the history of the town in June 1944. Back to the starting point by bus, aperitif offered at the end of the walk. Information: +33 2 31 36 18 00.

La Cambe (Calvados department – 14)
– 05:00 pm: memorial ceremony at the German military cemetery in the presence of French and foreign civil and military authorities.

Moulins-en-Bessin (Calvados department – 14)
– 11:00 am: ceremony in remembrance of the ALG B-7 (airfield) near the castle of Martragny.

Ouistreham-Riva-Bella (Calvados department – 14)
– 09:30 am: ceremonies in memory of the French commando Kieffer, from the stele of Marshal Montgomery.

Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– 10:00 am: historic 13 km hike from the Acadian Breach, in the footsteps of Canadian soldiers landed at Juno Beach. Information: +33 2 31 97 30 41.

Sainte-Mère-Eglise  (Manche department – 50)
– 09:00 am: commemorative ceremony at the stele of the stadium.
– 09:30 am: memory mass in the church.
– 03:00 pm: ceremony at the Signal monument on the church square.

Arromanches-les-Bains (Calvados department – 14)
– 02:00 pm:  aubade of the Dutch military music, Place du 6 Juin.
– 11:30 pm: fireworks.

Asnelles (Calvados department – 14)
– 08:45 am: historic 20 km hike on the tracks of 47 ° Commando from the main car park to Port-en-Bessin. Information: +33 6 86 26 76 39.

Bény-Reviers (Calvados department – 14)
– 06:00 pm: commemorative ceremony at the Canadian War Cemetery, along Departmental Road 35.

Caen (Calvados department – 14)
– 09:15 am:  commemorative ceremony in memory of the 87 Resisters shot in Caen prison, in front of the prison house plaque, rue du General Duparge.
– 10:15 am: ceremony in memory of the civilian victims of the Battle of Normandy.
– 11:15 am: ceremony in memory of the soldiers of the 3rd (GB) Infantry Division.

Courseulles-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– 10:30 am: commemorative ceremony honoring the Canadian military at Juno Beach Center.
– 02:00 pm:  screening of documentary films (including Storming Juno) at Juno Beach Center. Information: 02 31 37 32 17.

Creully (Calvados department – 14)
– 10:00 am-12:00 pm / 14:30 pm-18:00 pm: visit of the radio museum and the BBC tower of Creully castle. Information: +33 6 70 46 08 82.

Ecausseville (Manche department – 50)
– 02:00 pm: conference on the Battle of Ecausseville at the hangar. 5 € / person. Reservation: +33 2 33 08 56 02.

Grandcamp-Maisy (Calvados department – 14)
– 05:30 pm: commemorative ceremony at the communal cemetery in honor of Commander Kieffer, Lieutenant Lomel and Sergeant Peregory.

Hermanville-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– 03:00 pm: commemorative ceremony in honor of the crews of the Royal Navy, place Felix Faure.

Hérouvillette (Calvados department – 14)
– 03:00 pm: D-Day commemorative ceremony at the communal cemetery.

Lion-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– 06:00 pm: inauguration of a stele in memory of the Landing Craft 185 of the Royal Navy, sunk in front of Lion-sur-Mer on June 25, 1944.
– 07:00 pm: start of the steles circuit, 41 Royal Commando square.

Méautis (Manche department – 50)
– 10:45 pm: Pageant night show about the Battle of Bloody Gulch at Donville Manor. 10 €/person. Information: +33 2 33 42 03 22/+33 6 47 51 02 69.

Merville-Franceville-Plage (Calvados department – 14)
– 04:00 pm: international ceremony at the battery of Merville. Access by invitation of the D-Day Committee.

Ranville (Calvados department – 14)
– 02:15 pm: ecumenical ceremony at the military cemetery. Access by invitation of the D-Day Committee.

Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– 09:30 am: D Day memorial ceremony at Nan Red Beach after the Acadia break.

Saint-Charles-de-Percy (Calvados department – 14)
– 04:45 pm: commemorative ceremony at the British Military Cemetery.
– 06:00 pm: wreaths laying at the town hall.

Sainte-Marie-du-Mont – Utah Beach (Manche department – 50)
– 09:00 am: Richard Winters Leadership monument ceremony, Utah Beach road. Information: + 33 6 18 41 14 61.
– 09:30 am: Franco-Danish ceremony at the Danish monument, Utah Beach road.
– 10:30 am: commemorative ceremony at Utah Beach.

Sainte-Mère-Eglise  (Manche department – 50)
– 08:30 pm: concert for peace in the church.

Bayeux (Calvados department – 14)
– 07:00 pm: liberation ball, Place Charles de Gaulle. Information: +33 2 31 92 03 30.

Merville-Franceville-Plage (Calvados department – 14)
– 11:00 am: commemorative ceremony of the Commando No. 3 in the presence of British veterans at the Merville battery. Information: +33 6 72 63 87 51.

Port-en-Bessin (Calvados department – 14)
– 09:30 am: wreath laying at Huppain’s war memorial.
– 10:00 am: wreath laying at the war memorial of Port-en-Bessin.
– 10:30 am: wreath laying at the Garden of Remembrance, rue du phare.
– 11:.30 am: wreath laying at the monument of Captain Cousins, path of the gunners.
– 12:15 pm: wreath laying at the monument of the 47 Royal Marine Commando, Place Gaudin.
– 02:00 pm: parade of military vehicles followed by a static presentation of the material passing by until 18:00, Place Gaudin.

Putot-en-Auge (Calvados department – 14)
– 5:30 pm Mass in the church and wreath laying at the station in memory of the 9th Battalion.

Quinéville (Manche department – 50)
– 02:30 pm: ceremony at the stele of the 39th Infantry Regiment of the 4th US Infantry Division, with presentation of military vehicles.

Arromanches-les-Bains (Calvados department – 14)
– 11:30 pm: fireworks.

Courseulles-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– 10:00 am: guided tour explaining the Normandy landings, at the tourist office. € 5, free for children under 10 years old.
Other visits at 03:00 pm and 05:00 pm. Information: +33 6 64 74 26 69.
– 11:30 pm: fireworks.

Ecausseville (Calvados department – 14)
– 02:30 pm: ceremony in honor of the 8th US Infantry Division, organized by the AAHDE at the airship hangar of Ecausseville. Information: 02 33 08 56 02.

Grandcamp-Maisy (Calvados department – 14)
– 06:00 pm: static and dynamic presentations of dozens of military collection vehicles in the city center, as well as the “HMS Medusa” warship.
– 11:30 pm: fireworks.

Isigny-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– 02:00 pm: static and dynamic presentations of dozens of military collection vehicles in the city.

Longues-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– 11:30 pm: fireworks.

Luc-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– 11:30 pm: fireworks.

Ouistreham-Riva-Bella (Calvados department – 14)
– 11:30 pm: fireworks.

Port-en-Bessin-Huppain (Calvados department – 14)
– 11:30 pm: fireworks.

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– 11:30 pm: fireworks.

Utah Beach (Manche department – 50)
– 11:30 pm: fireworks.

Ver-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– – 11:00 am: ALG B3 stele ceremony in memory of Allied airmen, Ver road.
– 11:30 am: ceremony at Clos Saint-Martin in front of the monument to the Dead and the Remarkable Maple in memory of Canadian troops.
– 12:00 pm: aperitif offered by the town and and outdoor country meal at Clos Saint-Martin.

Colombières (Calvados department – 14)
Historical hike of 5 km in the footsteps of Allied armies in the marshes of Aure. Information: +33 2 31 21 46 00.

Carentan-les-Marais (Manche department – 50)
– 12:00 pm: memorial ceremony Place de la République, followed by the flowering of the tomb of Danielle Laisney.

Baupte  (Manche department – 50)
– 06:00 pm: commemorative ceremony in front of the cemetery followed by a ceremony at the Karl Beck space. Information: 02 33 42 11 75.

Hermanville-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– 09:30 am: historic hike of 2 hours 30 from the dike, rue de Fécamp, dedicated to the history of the town in June 1944. Back to the starting point by bus, aperitif offered at the end of the walk. Information: +33 2 31 36 18 00.

Potigny (Calvados department – 14)
– 11:45 am:  commemorative ceremony at the war memorial and plate of the 1st Polish Armored Division.

Urville (Calvados department – 14)
– 10:00 am:  commemorative ceremony at the Polish military necropolis.

Hermanville-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– 07:00 pm:  commemorative ceremony, place of the battleship Courbet in the presence of veterans.

Caen (Calvados department – 14)
– 05:30 pm:  commemoration of the liberation of the right bank of Caen, at the stele des Canadiens, rue d’Auge.

Cormelles-le-Royal (Calvados department – 14)
– 05:00 pm:  commemoration of the liberation of the town at the war memorial.

Courseulles-sur-Mer (Calvados department – 14)
– 13th edition of the Acadian Week Festival, organized in tribute to the Acadians on the lands of Beny-sur-Mer and Bernières-sur-mer, Carpiquet, Courseulles-sur-Mer, Douvres-la-Délivrande and Luc-sur-mer.