D-Day 70th Events

 

 

We are listing D-Day 70th Anniversary events–from several sources–as a basic guide throughout 2014.  The authors are not responsible for events cancelling, times and locations changing, restrictions on entry and other issues.  Check local websites, and the US Embassy in Paris, about restrictions and access.

A recommended first site is the official website for the 70th Anniversary:

http://www.the70th-normandy.com/

This website gives travelers practical information on events, contains updated maps, and features frequently-asked questions.  It contains events, exhibitions and even sporting events in the region through August 31, 2014.

For those not attending the festivities in France, a great website for folks heading to the National WW 2 Museum in New Orleans:

www.nationalww2museum.org

Saturday, August 2nd 2014

Bayeux (Calvados – 14)
– Nightfall – 01:00 a.m. : The lights of liberation – Cathedral – Liberty tree. Free.

Fécamp (Seine-Maritime – 76)
– 03:00 p.m. : Guided tour of the Cap Fagnet German Signal station. Price: up to 5 euros per person.

Mesnil-Clinchamps (Calvados – 14)
– Unveiling of a commemorative plaque dedicated to an American airman who fell for the liberation of the town.

Pont-l’Evêque (Calvados – 14)
– 02:30 p.m. : Free guided tour. Discover

Tuesday, August 5th 2014

Bayeux (Calvados – 14)
– Nightfall – 01:00 a.m. : The lights of liberation – Cathedral – Liberty tree. Free.

Ouistreham (Calvados – 14)
– 02:30 p.m. : Guided walk in the footsteps of the Sword Beach liberators. Rendez-vous at the Memorial Flame to the Free France commandos. 4€.

Wednesday, August 6th 2014

Granville (Manche – 50)
– 03:00 p.m. : Guided tour of the Granville region. Rendez-vous at Place de l’Isthme. Prices: up to 3,50 euros per person.

Saint-Gabriel-Brécy (Calvados – 14)
– 08:30 p.m. : Play (in French) “Three months with the English” at the Prieuré Saint-Gabriel. Prices: up to 8 euros per person.

Villedieu-les-Poêles (Manche – 50)
– 08:30 p.m. : “Voices of Freedom” play, in French, at the Cinema-Theatre.

Thursday, August 7th 2014

Bayeux (Calvados – 14)
– Nightfall – 01:00 a.m. : The lights of liberation – Cathedral – Liberty tree. Free.

May-sur-Orne (Calvados – 14)
– 06:30 p.m. : Annual ceremony of the liberation of May-sur-Orne at the Canadian monument, Town hall park.

Friday, August 8th 2014

Saint-Agnan-de-Cramesnil (Calvados – 14)
– 11:00 a.m. : Free commemorative walks in the steps of the liberators. More information at: inactu@gmail.com.

Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 06:00 p.m. : Documentary “Une si jolie plage” at the Casino Joa cinema hall. 9th edition of the “Acadian week”, honoring the Acadian soldiers engaged in Normandy during World War II. Free.

Saturday, August 9th 2014

Bayeux (Calvados – 14)
– Nightfall – 01:00 a.m. : The lights of liberation – Cathedral – Liberty tree. Free.

Bény-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 11:00 a.m. : Ceremony paying tribute to the Acadian soldiers at the Canadian military cemetery.

Carpiquet (Calvados – 14)
– 04:00 p.m. : Ceremony paying tribute to the Acadian soldiers at the Canadian war memorial.

Fécamp (Seine-Maritime – 76)
– 03:00 p.m. : Guided tour of the Cap Fagnet German Signal station. Price: up to 5 euros per person.

Montormel (Orne – 50)
– 02:30 p.m. – 06:00 p.m. : Guided tour dedicated to the Poles during the Battle of Normandy. Free.

Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 10:00 a.m. : Ceremony paying tribute to the Acadian soldiers at La Brèche des Canadiens.
– 06:00 p.m. : Concert for peace at the Square des Canadiens.

Monday, August 11th 2014

Bény-Bocage (Calvados – 14)
– Starting at 10:00 am : Exhibition of horse-tracked vehicles from World War II. Free visit.

Courseulles-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 10:00 am : Ceremony paying tribute to the Acadian soldiers at the Juno Beach Center.

Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 05:30 p.m. : Free concert paying tribute to the women involved during the war. Cinema auditorium, Joa Casino.

Tuesday, August 12th 2014

Bayeux (Calvados – 14)
– Nightfall – 01:00 a.m. : The lights of liberation – Cathedral – Liberty tree. Free.

Bény-Bocage (Calvados – 14)
– Starting at 10:00 a.m. : Exhibition of horse-tracked vehicles from World War II. Free visit.

Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 11:00 a.m. : Documentary “Une si jolie plage” at the Casino Joa cinema hall. 9th edition of the “Acadian week”, honoring the Acadian soldiers engaged in Normandy during World War II. Free.
– 05:00 p.m. : Louise Moyes tribute show. Casino Joa cinema hall. Free.
– 06:00 p.m. : Tribute to Django Reinhardt. Casino Joa cinema hall. Free.
– 09:00 p.m. : 1940s cabaret evening. Price: 10 euros per person.

Saint-Pair-sur-Mer (Manche – 50)
– 08:30 p.m. : Free concert “Tuesday Renk’arts”, at Place Charles de Gaulle. 1940s swing.

Thury-Harcourt (Calvados – 14)
– 10:00 p.m. – 11:50 p.m. : Open-air film screening of the French movie “Arrêtez les tambours“, at the Allée cavalière of the Thury-Harcourt castle. Free.
– 11:50 p.m. – 00:30 a.m. : Fireworks (depending on weather conditions) at the Allée cavalière of the Thury-Harcourt castle. Free.

Tuesday, August 12th 2014

Bayeux (Calvados – 14)
– Nightfall – 01:00 a.m. : The lights of liberation – Cathedral – Liberty tree. Free.

Bény-Bocage (Calvados – 14)
– Starting at 10:00 a.m. : Exhibition of horse-tracked vehicles from World War II. Free visit.

Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 11:00 a.m. : Documentary “Une si jolie plage” at the Casino Joa cinema hall. 9th edition of the “Acadian week”, honoring the Acadian soldiers engaged in Normandy during World War II. Free.
– 05:00 p.m. : Louise Moyes tribute show. Casino Joa cinema hall. Free.
– 06:00 p.m. : Tribute to Django Reinhardt. Casino Joa cinema hall. Free.
– 09:00 p.m. : 1940s cabaret evening. Price: 10 euros per person.

Saint-Pair-sur-Mer (Manche – 50)
– 08:30 p.m. : Free concert “Tuesday Renk’arts”, at Place Charles de Gaulle. 1940s swing.

Thury-Harcourt (Calvados – 14)
– 10:00 p.m. – 11:50 p.m. : Open-air film screening of the French movie “Arrêtez les tambours“, at the Allée cavalière of the Thury-Harcourt castle. Free.
– 11:50 p.m. – 00:30 a.m. : Fireworks (depending on weather conditions) at the Allée cavalière of the Thury-Harcourt castle. Free.

Wednesday, August 13th 2014

Billy (Calvados – 14)
– 04:00 p.m. : Commemorations of the liberation of the town, tribute to the fallen soldiers.

Conteville (Calvados – 14)
– 10:00 a.m. : Commemorations of the liberation of the town at the Canadian and Pole monuments.

Courseulles-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 04:00 p.m. : Storytelling with Marie-France Comeau and Lucien Allard at the Juno Beach Center. Free.

Thury-Harcourt (Calvados – 14)
– 06:00 p.m. : Free guided walk at the Thury-Harcourt battlefield followed by a picnic in the Château brûlé park. More information: +033 2 31 79 70 45.

 Friday, August 15th 2014

Fécamp (Seine-Maritime – 76)
– 03:00 p.m. : Guided tour of the Cap Fagnet German Signal station. Price: up to 5 euros per person.

L’Aigle (Orne – 61)
– Picture-exhibition of the 1940-44 period at L’Aigle and its region.

Saint-Pair-sur-Mer (Manche – 50)
– 02:00 p.m. : Guided tour of the Kairon region and its WW2 remains. Rendez-vous at the Kairon church.

Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives (Calvados – 14)
– 08:00 p.m. : Commemorations of the liberation of Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives, at the Town Hall and the Tourist office.

Saturday, August 16th 2014

Bayeux (Calvados – 14)
– Nightfall – 01:00 a.m. : The lights of liberation – Cathedral – Liberty tree. Free.

Bretteville-sur-Dives (Calvados – 14)
– 11:00 a.m. : Commemorative ceremony and unveiling of a new commemorative plaque, at the Town hall. More information:
alisdaire14@hotmail.fr.

Chambois (Orne – 61)
– 03:00 p.m. : Commemoration of the closing of the Falaise pocket. Chambois Town hall.

Fécamp (Seine-Maritime – 76)
– 03:00 p.m. : Guided tour of the Cap Fagnet German Signal station. Price: up to 5 euros per person.

Fierville-Bray (Calvados – 14)
– 09:00 a.m. : Commemorative ceremony and unveiling of a new commemorative plaque, at the Town hall. More information:
alisdaire14@hotmail.fr.

Magny-la-Campagne (Calvados – 14)
– 09:00 a.m. : Commemorative ceremony and unveiling of a new commemorative plaque, at the Town hall. More information:
alisdaire14@hotmail.fr.

Mézidon-Canon (Calvados – 14)
– 01:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. : 70th anniversary of the liberation of Mézidon-Canon, at the Community center. Exhibitions, testimonies and conference.

Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives (Calvados – 14)
– 12:00 a.m. : Exhibition of military vehicles, concert and screening of a film under the medieval hall. Free.

– 03:00 p.m. : Ceremony at the marketplace and inauguration of a commemorative plaque.
– 04:00 p.m. : Musical events at the town center. Free.

– 09:00 p.m. : Aubade at the medieval hall.

Bretteville-sur-Dives (Calvados – 14)
– 11:00 a.m. : Commemorative ceremony and unveiling of a new commemorative plaque, at the Town hall. More information:
alisdaire14@hotmail.fr.

 Sunday, August 17th 2014

Falaise (Calvados – 14)
– Battle of the Falaise Pocket International Commemoration Day. More information: info@falaise-tourisme.com.

Mézidon-Canon (Calvados – 14)
– 10:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m. : 70th anniversary of the liberation of Mézidon-Canon, at the Community center. Exhibitions, testimonies and conference.
– 02:00 p.m. : Exhibition of military vehicles, concert and screening of a film under the medieval hall. Free.
– 06:00 p.m. : Concert.

Montormel (Orne – 61)
– Internation Scout meeting.

Saint-Christophe-le-Jajolet (Orne – 61)
– 10:00 a.m. : Commemorative ceremony in front of the Free France “Keren” Sherman tank.

Trun (Orne – 61)
– Battle of the Falaise Pocket International Commemoration Day. More information: info@falaise-tourisme.com.

Monday, August 18th 2014

Ecajeul (Calvados – 14)
– 11:00 a.m. : Commemorative ceremony at the Town hall. More information: alisdaire14@hotmail.fr.

Grandchamp-le-Château (Calvados – 14)
– 06:00 p.m. : Commemorative ceremony and unveiling of a new commemorative plaque, at the Town hall. More information: alisdaire14@hotmail.fr.

Le Doux-Marais (Calvados – 14)
– 11:00 a.m. : Commemorative ceremony at the Town hall. More information: alisdaire14@hotmail.fr.

Le Mesnil-Mauger (Calvados – 14)
– 04:00 p.m. : Commemorative ceremony at the Town hall. More information: alisdaire14@hotmail.fr.

Ouville-la-Bien-Tournée (Calvados – 14)
– 09:00 a.m. : Commemorative ceremony and unveiling of a new commemorative plaque, at the Town hall. More information: alisdaire14@hotmail.fr.

Percy-en-Auge (Calvados – 14)
– 09:00 a.m. : Commemorative ceremony and unveiling of a new commemorative plaque, at the Town hall. More information: alisdaire14@hotmail.fr.

Sainte-Marie-aux-Anglais (Calvados – 14)
– 02:00 p.m. : Commemorative ceremony at the Town hall. More information: alisdaire14@hotmail.fr.

Saint-Maclou (Calvados – 14)
– 02:00 p.m. : Commemorative ceremony at the Town hall. More information: alisdaire14@hotmail.fr.

Tuesday, August 19th 2014

Bayeux (Calvados – 14)
– Nightfall – 01:00 a.m. : The lights of liberation – Cathedral – Liberty tree. Free.

Coupesarte (Calvados – 14)
– 11:00 a.m. : Commemorative ceremony and unveiling of a new commemorative plaque, at the Town hall. More information:
alisdaire14@hotmail.fr.

Les Authieux-Papion (Calvados – 14)
– 11:00 a.m. : Commemorative ceremony and unveiling of a new commemorative plaque, at the Town hall. More information:
alisdaire14@hotmail.fr.

Ouistreham (Calvados – 14)
– 02:30 p.m. : Guided walk in the footsteps of the Sword Beach liberators. Rendez-vous at the Memorial Flame to the Free France commandos. 4€.

Saint-Julien-Le-Faucon (Calvados – 14)
– 06:00 p.m. : Commemorative ceremony at the Town hall. More information:
alisdaire14@hotmail.fr.

Vieux-Pont-en-Auge (Calvados – 14)
– 09:00 a.m. : Commemorative ceremony and unveiling of a new commemorative plaque, at the Town hall. More information:
alisdaire14@hotmail.fr.

Wednesday, August 20th 2014

Le Mesnil-Simon (Calvados – 14)
– 09:00 a.m. : Commemorative ceremony and unveiling of a new commemorative plaque, at the Town hall. More information: alisdaire14@hotmail.fr.

Lécaude (Calvados – 14)
– 11:00 a.m. : Commemorative ceremony at the Town hall. More information: alisdaire14@hotmail.fr.

Les Monceaux (Calvados – 14)
– 11:00 a.m. : Commemorative ceremony and unveiling of a new commemorative plaque, at the church. More information: alisdaire14@hotmail.fr.

Pont-l’Evêque (Calvados – 14)
– French movie “Arrêtez les tambours” screening at the Concorde cinema.

Saint-Crespin (Calvados – 14)
– 09:00 a.m. : Commemorative ceremony at the Town hall. More information: alisdaire14@hotmail.fr.

Saint-Pierre-des-Ifs (Calvados – 14)
– 06:00 p.m. : Commemorative ceremony and unveiling of a new commemorative plaque, at the Town hall. More information: alisdaire14@hotmail.fr.

Thursday, August 21st 2014

Bayeux (Calvados – 14)
– Nightfall – 01:00 a.m. : The lights of liberation – Cathedral – Liberty tree. Free.

Cabourg (Calvados – 14)
– Commemoration of the liberation of the town at the Gardens of the Town hall. More information: communication@cabourg.net.

Dozulé (Calvados – 14)
– 11:30 a.m. : Ceremony at the Commandos monument and procession in the streets.
– 02:30 p.m. – 04:30 p.m. : Intergenerational talks dedicated to Peace in the 21st Century. Community center.
– 07:30 p.m. : Liberation ball at the Angerville Hippodrome. Free.

Pont-l’Evêque (Calvados – 14)
– French movie “Arrêtez les tambours” screening at the Concorde cinema.

Friday, August 22nd 2014

Argentan (Manche – 50)
– 09:00 p.m. : Special 70th anniversary show, at Quai des Arts. Free but reservation required. More information at: www.orne.fr.

Bénerville-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. : Military vehicles parades on the steps of the liberators.
– 07:00 p.m. : Military vehicles exhibition, liberation dance and fireworks (depending on weather conditions). Free.

Le Mesnil-Durand (Calvados – 14)
– 11:00 a.m. : Commemorative ceremony and unveiling of a new commemorative plaque, at the Town hall. More information: alisdaire14@hotmail.fr.

Lessard-et-le-Chêne (Calvados – 14)
– 09:00 a.m. : Commemorative ceremony and unveiling of a new commemorative plaque, at the Town hall. More information: alisdaire14@hotmail.fr.

Livarot (Calvados – 14)
– 02:00 p.m. : Commemorative musical events. Town center.
– 06:00 p.m. : Commemorative ceremony.
– 09:00 p.m. : Aubade. Free.

Montormel (Orne – 61)
– 03:00 p.m. : Orne region official ceremonies at the Montormel memorial.

Pont-l’Evêque (Calvados – 14)
– French movie “Arrêtez les tambours” screening at the Concorde cinema.

Saint-Pair-sur-Mer (Manche – 50)
– 02:00 p.m. : Guided tour of the Kairon region and its WW2 remains. Rendez-vous at the Kairon church. 2 euros per person.

Touques (Calvados – 14)
– 07:00 p.m. – 09:00 p.m. : Jazz and cocktail party “Overlord concert” at 7, place Lemercier. Price: 6 euros per person.

Villers-sur-Mer (Calvados – 14)
– 10:00 a.m. : Villers-sur-Mer liberation ceremony. Town center.
– 11:30 a.m. : Military vehicles parade. Town center.
– 12:00 a.m. – 02:30 p.m. : Military vehicles exhibition on the seawall.
– 09:00 p.m. : Commemorative music show, 1940s swing. Free.

Saturday, August 23rd 2014

Argentan (Manche – 50)
– 09:00 p.m. : Special 70th anniversary show, at Quai des Arts. Free but reservation required. More information at: www.orne.fr.

Bayeux (Calvados – 14)
– Nightfall – 01:00 a.m. : The lights of liberation – Cathedral – Liberty tree. Free.

Fécamp (Seine-Maritime – 76)
– 03:00 p.m. : Guided tour of the Cap Fagnet German Signal station. Price: up to 5 euros per person.

Lisieux (Calvados – 14)
– 03:00 p.m. : Commemorative musical event, at the town center.

– 08:00 p.m. : Ceremony and unveiling of a commemorative tombstone, at the Public Garden.
– 08:30 p.m. : Aubade at the Public Garden.

Montormel (Orne – 61)
– 02:30 p.m. : WW2 themed drama performance at the Montormel Memorial. Free.

– 03:30 p.m. : Concert of the French 27ème bataillon de Chasseurs Alpins brass band.
– 05:00 p.m. : Lecture by French historian Jean Quellien dedicated at the Montormel Memorial.

– 06:30 p.m. : Screening of a short film about the European Peace Road, at the Montormel Memorial. Free.

Pont-l’Evêque (Calvados – 14)
– French movie “Arrêtez les tambours” screening at the Concorde cinema.

Saint-Désir (Calvados – 14)
– 07:15 p.m. : Commemorative ceremony at the British Military Cemetery.

Saint-Julien-le-Faucon (Calvados – 14)
– 09:00 p.m. : Free aubade by the 51st Highland Division Memorial at the Municipal stadium.

Sunday, August 24th 2014

Pont-l’Evêque (Calvados – 14)
– 09:30 a.m. : Commemoration of the liberation of Pont-l’Evêque.
– 07:00 p.m. – 01:00 a.m. : Poplar dance at the covered market. Free.
– French movie “Arrêtez les tambours” screening at the Concorde cinema.

Saturday, August 30th 2014

Fécamp (Seine-Maritime – 76)
– 03:00 p.m. : Guided tour of the Cap Fagnet German Signal station. Price: up to 5 euros per person.

Sunday, August 31st 2014

Duclair (Seine-Maritime – 76)
– 04:00 p.m. : “Duclair August 1944” lecture at the town theatre. Free.