Normandy Honours the Brave After 80 Years

 
Normandy Honours the Brave After 80 Years

After the initial airborne drops behind enemy lines, the historic D-Day landings of more than 160,000 Allied infantry on June 6, 1944 marked the largest amphibious invasion ever undertaken. This momentous event launched the 12-week Battle of Normandy, ultimately leading to the liberation of Paris, France, and the rest of Europe. The international ceremony on Omaha Beach this June 6 brings together heads of state, veterans, and officials to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the day that turned the tide of the war in Europe.

To fully immerse visitors in this pivotal moment of history, the recently-opened hi-tech version of the Arromanches D-Day Museum offers a captivating
experience. Across Normandy, a wide range of commemorative events and activities are planned until October 15. The Normandy region has worked hard to
create hundreds of events and ensure a diverse and meaningful programme. Highlights include a stirring installation by Standing With Giants featuring 1,500
life-size metal silhouettes of British service members in Ver-sur-Mer, Calvados, as well as spectacular displays of synchronised fireworks at the major D-Day sites, a giant picnic on Omaha Beach, and liberation dances and bagpipe parades. One-of-a-kind experiences, like the international parachuting of hundreds of soldiers above Sainte-Mère-Église, will also be part of the festivities, offering a great opportunity for everyone to join in the spirit of fraternity and commemoration.

You can find up-to-date information and a calendar of events online. Can’t make it in person? Leave your message in honour of the Fallen on the dedicated website 80e-normandie.fr.

From France Today magazine

Lead photo credit : The British Memorial at Ver-sur-Mer © Marie-Anaïs Thierry

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