The international ceremony of June 6, 2018 at the Merville battery

The battery site of Merville, located in Merville-Franceville, was selected to welcome the guests of the Allied nations on June 6, 2018

November 24, 2017: The battery of Merville will host the international ceremony of June 6, 2018
Author: Marc Laurenceau

Each year, the announcement of the location chosen to host the international commemoration ceremony of the Normandy landings is particularly expected. For the 74th anniversary of D-Day, the choice finally fell on the airborne and air transported sector of the Commonwealth, namely the communes of Merville and Ranville.

These two localities were stormed on the first of June 6, 1944 by paratroopers and soldiers transported by gliders belonging to the 6th British Airborne Division. The Merville battery housed German artillery guns that could threaten the landing of Allied forces in the Sword Beach area.

On Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 2:30 pm, an ecumenical ceremony will be held at the Ranville Military Cemetery, followed at 4:00 pm by the international ceremony bringing together veterans and representatives of the Allied countries.

1 Response

  1. Hi Folks, I’m a member of Pathfinder Parachute Group & we normally parachute onto the WW2 D.Z’s (Ranville or Sannerville) from a C47. I need to book leave and I wonder if anyone knows the dates of the D Day weekend celebrations.
    Are they 1st 2nd 3rd June 2018 or 8th 9th 10th June 2018, any help would be appreciated.
    Kind Regards Garry Brownlow

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