75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

The memory lives on! 6th June 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy and with it, a momentous occasion to celebrate peace, liberty and reconciliation.

Normandy, Land of Liberty

On 6 June 1944 and during the long summer that followed, men from all over the world came to fight in Normandy to defeat Nazism and re-establish freedom. Normandy will bear the scars of this moment in history for ever and every year we remember and pay tribute to the veterans from America, Britain, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Norway, Poland and Australia, along with their brothers in arms, those many heroes who lost their lives here during that summer of 1944.

With its many museums, historic sites, cemeteries and cultural and teaching facilities, Normandy is truly an open-air history book. All these places can be discovered by families, who can transmit the exceptionally important lessons of history here to new generations.

A very special anniversary

During the whole of summer 2019, Normandy will celebrate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy with due splendor and emotion. A rich and unprecedented programme of events will be put together to bring the memory of this tragic period of world history to life, all while emphasizing the spirit of hope. The anniversary will be commemorated with military parades, firework displays, airdrops, giant picnics, concerts and military camp re-enactments.

On 5 June 2019, the Daks Over Normandy event will follow into the footsteps of the Greatest Generation! About 250 men and women will board an aircraft in the United Kingdom to, exactly like 75 years before, fly across the English Channel and to jump into the historic drop zones of Normandy. They will be wearing WWII style Allied uniforms and will jump military round parachutes. It will be an event which has no equal.

comprehensive events program to bring the memory of this tragic period of world history to life, all the while emphasizing the spirit of hope.

Read more at: http://ee.france.fr/en/news/70th-anniversary-day-normandy-2

An International Commemoration

On 6 June 2019, the official international ceremony celebrating this major anniversary will take place on one of the landing beaches and will be attended by and will be attended by many Allied Heads of State. In 2014, President Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II, Vladimir Poutine, Angela Merkel and Prince William were all in Normandy to mark the 70th anniversary, along with many world leaders and dignitaries.

UNESCO World Heritage Site Candidacy

Last January, the French Minstry of Culture announced the official candidacy of the D-Day landing beaches to be included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

UNESCO will make its decision in July 2019. This listing will help preserve these sites and transmit the universal messages they represent to future generations. Indeed, Normandy's D-Day landing beaches have come to symbolise universal hopes for freedom and peace, and beyond that, for reconciliation.

More information here

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Practical Information

Getting there

  • The D-Day landing beaches are easily accessible from the port of Caen/Ouistreham. There are up to three sailings a day from Portsmouth.

    If you wish to fly, FlyBe operates a service from London-Southend to Caen-Carpiquet.

    Enjoy travelling on the Eurostar? Getting to Normandy couldn’t be easier once you arrive at Paris – Gare du Nord. Simply hop on the RER and just one stop later you’ll be at Saint-Lazare station. From there, you can catch a train to Caen and many other Norman towns and cities!

    Fore more information and other routes, click here.

     

  • Normandy is easily accessible from Paris Charles-de-Gaulle airport.

    Ouibus operates a bus service from the airport to Caen.

    You can also catch the RER B underground service to central Paris and then a train to Normandy. SNCF trains leave from the two Parisian stations: Gare Saint-Lazare and Gare Montparnasse / Vaugirard several times a day to many cities and towns in Normandy. The journey from Paris to Caen takes around 2 hours.

    For more information and other routes, click here.

  • New for 2018 is the 'Move on the Beaches' shuttle bus which links Caen and Bayeux to Arromanches, Longues-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery in Colleville.

    Audioguides available.

    For more information click here.

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See & do

  • Visitors today can explore old army bunkers, tanks and Atlantic Wall defences along the five beaches: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword while museums and memorials throughout the region stand as forceful reminders of this decisive period of the Second World War.

  • If you are looking for a guide to take you for a tour of the famous sites of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, then look no further.

    You'll find a list right here.

  • Click here for films and archive photos, testimonials of veterans and their families and virtual tours of the main sites.
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