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

The 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy will take place in Normandy on June 6, 2019. To extend this day of commemorative celebration, the region has planned numerous events and exhibitions throughout 2019. Here’s what’s on the agenda.

From official ceremonies to a variety of cultural happenings, all the events are intended to remember the allied troops’ involvement and celebrate the liberation of Western Europe.

The highlight of this commemoration will take place on the weekend of June 6, 2019, with numerous festive events: a series of synchronized fireworks on major D-Day sites, a giant picnic in the sand at Omaha Beach, soldiers parachuting over Sainte-Mère-Église, and even a great Liberation ball. Other commemorative exhibits and events will also be happening in Normandy throughout the year. Here’s an overview of these:

“Normandy’s 100 Days" at Arromanches 360

View "Normandy’s 100 Days," a film enriched with exceptional archive footage at the 360° circular theatre in Arromanches. Thanks to the simultaneous nine-screen projection in this one-of-a-kind venue, viewers are transported back to the world where the soldiers fought in the battle of Normandy. This remarkable film was produced thanks to Canadian, American, German, English, and French collaboration.

Exhibition at the Omaha Beach Memorial Museum

The Omaha Beach Memorial Museum invites visitors year-round to discover the history of the June 6, 1944 landing. An impressive collection of artifacts is exhibited over some 1,200m² (4,000 sq ft²), including archive photos, uniforms, vehicles, guns, and personal objects, allowing visitors to better understand this historical event.

Many museums will open their doors for the occasion, some requiring reservations. These include the Bruneval Memorial, the Museum of D-Day Wrecks in Port-en-Bessin, the Écausseville Airship Hangar, the Museum of the Second World War in Trois-Lacs, and the Liberation Museum in Cherbourg. The many outdoor sites also invite visitors to reflect on the past, like the many military cemeteries, the Pont Rouge site in Paluel, the historic circuit in Carentan-les-Marais, etc.

Normandy, a region of commemoration, pilgrimage and spirituality, will forever bear the stigma of this bloody war, the great events of which it recalls through its exceptional sites. Today, the former battlefields have become places where fundamental values such as reconciliation, peace, and freedom can be shared and transmitted to future generations. There’s no doubt these 2019 festivities will make a positive contribution.