Summary of the 74th anniversary of the Normandy landings
The parade in Sainte-Mère-Église Sunday, June 3, 2018 for the 74th anniversary of the landing of the Allies in Normandy.
June 9th 2018: Summary of the 74th anniversary of the Normandy landings
Article author: Nicolas Denoyelle
Information source : Ouest-France
“Although the weather has been less lenient in recent days, the festivities of the 74th anniversary of the landing of the Allies in Normandy benefited from a bright early June 2018 in the Channel, and it is thousands of people who flocked around from Carentan and Sainte-Mère-Eglise for a week. A success, this year again, which is rather auspicious for this great appointment of June 2019 that will be the 75th anniversary of June 6, 1944, the famous D-Day. “Every year now, it’s a big popular party,” said the president of the departmental council of the Channel, Marc Lefèvre. Initially when I was mayor of Sainte-Mère-Eglise the US military did not come officially. We worked with reservists and people did not necessarily know it. We tinkered with bits of string. Since the 60th anniversary it’s really part of the US Army calendar. They put the means and understood that it was a rendezvous. This presence also gives this brilliance, notoriety, credibility, legitimacy to these events. Even if it does not explain everything. Popular membership also contributes greatly. “
For Marc Lefèvre, if this appointment is a tribute to liberators, he insists on the messages developed for several years. “There are values in it. We are not on the glorification of war. It is a thank you to the liberators and a message of shared peace. We have been able to decline this message over the years and also explain this commitment and this fidelity. “What also makes the success of this beautiful holiday, it is certainly that the different territories work in complementarity and it will perhaps be even more the case for the 75th birthday next year.”