On 6 June 2019, Normandy will commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Normandy will mark the occasion via a varied programme of events and exhibitions starting in March and continuing all the way to the end of the summer.
Alongside official commemorations, all programmed events will pay tribute to the intervention of Allied troops and celebrate the liberation of Western Europe.
Daks over Normandy
3-5 June at HMS Duxford, United Kingdom
7-9 June at Caen-Carpiquet Airport, Normandy
Daks over Normandy has been organised to honour those who paid so much to liberate Europe, and will be a once in a lifetime event. The skies over the UK and Normandy will be filled with Douglas DC-3/C-47 Dakotas and hundreds of paratroopers, marking the first time since World War II that this many of the magnificent aircraft will be assembled in the very place where they saw their finest hour.
From 2 June until 9 June, around 40 DC-3/C-47s will come together for what may well be the very last time, flown in from all over the world: Scandinavia, the Netherlands, USA and Canada. Visitors will be able to see paratroopers skydive over Normandy once more and admire these wonderful aircraft on the ground and in the air, where they belong.
Find out more at daksovernormandy.com
The highlights of these commemorations will take place on 6 June 2019, with many festive events such as fireworks being let off simultaneously at main D-Day sites, a giant picnic on Omaha Beach, soldiers parachuting over Sainte-Mère-Église and the Liberation Ball.
Here is an overview of what Normandy is planning to commemorate the 75th anniversary:
‘100 days of Normandy’ at Arromanches 360°
Discover the ‘100 days of Normandy’ in Arromanches’ 360° circular cinema, a film featuring exceptional archive footage. Be transported to the world of those who fought in the Battle of Normandy, thanks to simultaneous projections on nine screens. This remarkable film has been co-financed by the USA, UK, Canada, Germany and France.
Exhibition at the Omaha Beach Memorial Museum
Live the landings on 6 June 1944 throughout the year at the Omaha Beach Memorial Museum, and better understand this important period in history, thanks an impressive collection of uniforms, archive images, military vehicles, guns and personal artefacts.
Many museums will be open for the anniversary, no prior booking necessary, such as the Bruneval Memorial, the Museum of Underwater Wrecks in Port-en-Bessin, the Hangar in Dirigeables d'Écausseville, the Museum of the Second World War World in Trois-Lacs, or the Liberation Museum in Cherbourg. Normandy’s open-air sites also provide a moment for reflection, with its numerous military cemeteries, such as Le Pont Rouge in Paluel and the historical trail in Carentan-les-Marais.
A region full of memory, spirituality and pilgrimage, Normandy will forever bear the scars of this bloody war, and recognise the many important stages of the battle at all of its exceptional sites. Today, these former battlefields reflect fundamental values such as reconciliation, peace and freedom, which it shares and passes on to future generations. There is no doubt that this year’s commemorative events will act as a fitting tribute.