Events and Ceremonies, 72nd D Day Anniversary

By | May 5, 2016

D Day Normandy 2016 72nd Anniversary

Events and Ceremonies for the D Day landings Anniversary

British and Canadian sectors                                           American sectors

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British and Canadian sectors

3rd June  Friday

From 3rd to Monday June 6th

Colleville-Montgomery
Recreation of a military camp on the Hillman gun battery site.

4th June  Saturday

11.00 am

Ranville
Ceremony at the British military cemetery in tribute to Commonwealth military personel who are buried in Normandy. Organization.

5.00 pm

Ouistreham
A gathering on the beach to form the word “SWORD” An aircraft will capture a picture from above.

7.00 pm

Colleville-Montgomery
1940s themed bal in the local meeting hall.

5th June  Sunday

9.30 am

Merville-Franceville-Plage

Historic walk in the footsteps of the heroes of the 1944 with the re-enactment group France 44. Start from the parachute drop zone in Varaville to the town of Amfreville via the Merville battery. Historic commentary by re-enactors. Duration: around 3 hours. Meet at the car park of the Varaville rest area. Open to all.

9.30 am to 6.00 pm

Tilly-Sur-Seulles

Over 40 publishers, authors, booksellers, historians and veterans are gathered at the Battle Museum remembering the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy.

9.30 am to 6.30 pm

Guided tours of the Pegasus Bridge Museum

Free entrance to the museum. The British 6th Airborne Division during the Battle of Normandy between June and September 1944. 

10:00 am – 06:00 pm

Creully

From Saturday 4th June to Sunday June 5th 2016

Air show flying models on the historical B-9 airfield site used by Allied forces in 1944

11.00 am

Bayeux

GREAT LIBERATION’S VEHICLES PARADE “A TRIBUTE TO THE BRITISH XXX CORPS”

WW2 British Military vehicles will be driven down the high street of the first liberated town. A historical and popular parade paying homage to the British liberators. 

11.15 am

Douvres

MILITARY VEHICLES PARADE

Military vehicles parade, rue du Général de Gaulle.

12 Noon to 11.15 p.m

Arromanches

12 p.m. parade of the Jazz band “Overlord Swing Quintet”. 12.30 p.m.  Miss Paramount puts on her show, on music of the 1940s-1950s. 1.30 p.m. second performance of the Jazz band “Overlord Swing Quintet”. 2 p.m. 1940s line dancing demonstration by the “Country Ambiance Touch” dancing class. 3.30 p.m. third performance of the Jazz band “Overlord Swing Quintet”. 4 p.m. covers of 1940s hits by Jean-Marie Thomas. 6 p.m. Retro American tap dance show. 7 p.m.  last performance of the Jazz band “Overlord Swing Quintet”. 7.30 p.m.  concert of the vintage singer Fiona Harrison. 9 p.m.: 1940s-1950s rock concert with ‘’Les Teddyz’’. 11.15 p.m.  fireworks.

12.00 Noon

Ranville – Bénouville

WW2 MOTOR launches

Two British WW2 launches that took part in the D-Day landings on June 6th, 1944 will be docked on the Canal near Bénouville Bridge.

4.00 pm

Colleville-Montgomery

D-DAY PIPES AND DRUMS

In front of the statue of Bill Millin, place du Débarquement, pipers and drummers from different countries paying tribute to the soldiers who landed during Operation Overlord.

6.30 pm

Bénouville

Welcome concert in honour of the British war veterans given by a British band. Salle polyvalente esplanade

11.00 pm

Longues-Sur-Mer

At the German battery, Longues-sur-Mer overlooking the cliffs the D-Day beaches, there will be a firework display.

 11.30 pm

Bénouville

Concert of the “The Band of Liberation”. Near Pegasus Bridge

12.00 Midnight 

Pegasus Bridge opposite the museum

 Ceremony Major John Howard and the Ox and Bucks at the glider landing zone by Pegasus Bridge.

 

6th June    Monday

7.00 am to 11.30 pm

Arromanches

Arromanches beach, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. WW2 military vehicles gathering on the beach. From 12 p.m. Flypast by WW2 aircraft. Parade of Pipe Band and vintage military vehicles. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Air show with Spitfire, Mustang and other aircraft, including an aerobatic display followed by a

parachute jump. 11 p.m. open air show of archive film of WW2. 11.30 p.m fireworks.

8.00 am

Colleville-Montgomery
Ceremony for the French Commandos, at the Montgomery statue.

8.45 am to 5.00 pm

Asnelles – Port-en-Bessin

A 21 km walk to retrace the route of the 47 Royal Marine Commando landed on Gold Beach near Asnelles on the morning of June, 6th, 1944, whose aim was to liberate Port-enBessin. Commentaries in both French and English. Start from Asnelles, main car park by the bunker. Arrival in Port-en-Bessin

11.00 am

La Cambe
Official ceremony at the German military cemetery.

11.00 am

Saint-Aubin-d’Arquenay
Ceremony at the Colonel Dawson monument.

4.15 pm

Ouistreham
Ceremony at “La Rafale”, Rue Pasteur.

4.45 pm

Ouistreham
Ceremony at the Commandos memorial.

6.00 pm

Amfreville
Ceremony at the Commando monument.

7.00 pm

Bénouville
Ceremony at Commando Memorial

7th June  Tuesday

10.00 am to 3.30 pm

Creully

STATIC EXHIBITION OF THE BRITISH XXXTH CORPS MILITARY VEHICLES

About fifty military vehicles from the period: jeeps, trucks, bikes, ambulances are displayed in memory of the liberation of Creully, first village where a BBC radio station was set up. Castle car park.

12.00 Noon

Port-en-Bessin

Parade and then exhibition of historic British and Canadian vehicles on the place Gaudin.

Please be aware that events may be delayed or cancelled due to conditions and other factors

American sectors

 

3rd  June  Friday

10.30 am to 12.30 pm

Sainte-Mère-Eglise

WW2 military vehicles in the square in front of the church. 

11.00 am

Graignes (4 ½ miles south of Carentan)

Parachute jump from C-47 aircraft, in the swamp of Graignes, in memory of the 507th PIR, 501st PIR

2.00 pm

Sainte-Mère-Eglise (Airborne museum)

French film being show in the C 47 building about prisoners of war

2.30 pm

Carentan

Parachute jump by re-enactors from C-47 aircraft, on the “Purple Heart Lane”, (the road from SaintCôme-du-Mont to Carentan).

4th  June  Saturday 

9.30 am to 8.00 pm

Omaha Beach

Military vehicle run with the Univem collectors club. Start from Univem camp, Château de Vierville-sur-Mer. Lunch break at La Cambe. Stopping at the Château de Colombières. 3.30 p.m.  passing through Trévières. Visting the museums of D-Day at Vierville, the Overlord Museum at Colleville-sur-Mer, and the Musée Mémorial Omaha Beach at Saint- Laurent. To end the tour.

10.30 am to 12.30 pm

Sainte-Mère-Eglise

WW2 military vehicles in the square in front of the church.

11.30 am to 1.00 pm

Omaha Beach

The parade of military vehicles from the Univem camp. Start from the Univem camp (Château de Vierville-sur-Mer), through the seafront until Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer and arrival to the city hall of Colleville-sur-Mer and then return to the Univem camp.

12.00 Noon

Amfreville (3 miles west of Sainte-Mère-Église)

Parachute jump by re-enactors from C-47 aircraft, in memory of the 507th PIR soldiers.

5.30 pm to 6.30 pm

Grandcamp-Maisy

MVCG France military show followed by a tour. In the evening at Grandcamp-Maisy will be a demonstration of amphibian vehicles.

5th June Sunday

10.00 am

Carentan

Military and vehicle Parade through the town, start from Arizona camp (in front of Intermarché supermarket). Around 11:30 a.m. to 12 Noon, exhibition at place du Grand Valnoble. Music entertainment, bagpipes band.

10.00 am

Sainte-Mère-Eglise
Firing of 3x 105 mm guns at the Geronimo camp.

11.00 am

Sainte-Mère-Eglise

Military parachute jumps 2 ¼ miles of the town in the direction of Picauville.

10.30 am to 5.00 pm

Vierville-Sur-Mer

A chance to drive your Jeep or walk on the floating roadways of the Mulberry habour.

2.00 pm

Sainte-Mère-Eglise
Firing of 3x 105 mm guns at the Geronimo camp.

5.00 pm

Sainte-Mère-Eglise
Parachute jump by re-enactors from C-47 aircraft,, on the road of the WW2 aerodrome of A-6 Airfield on the road between Sainte-Mère-Eglise and Beuzeville au Plain.

6th June Monday

9.30 am

Sainte-Mère-Eglise
Ceremony at the Signal Monument.

11.00 am

La Cambe
Official ceremony at the German military cemetery.

11.15 am

Utah Beach

Landing craft L.C.V.P. PA30-4 coming ashore on the beach. 

12.00 Noon

Utah Beach

Ceremony at the monument Major Dick Winters

 

Please be aware that events may be delayed or cancelled due to conditions and other factors

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