2009 Commemoration of D-Day: 65th Anniversary of Normandy Landings & Liberation

2009 marks the 65th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy landings and the liberation of Normandy.  Here is a complete list of the commemorative Normandy Landing D-Day ceremonies and events announced so far.  Please bring any others to our attention and we’ll update the list.  Elsewhere in Normandy there will be ceremonies in most towns and villages to commemorate their individual Liberation on the appropriate dates.
12th RCA tank - courtesy Wiki Commons
12th RCA tank - courtesy Wiki Commons
Ouistreham (14) 12/02/2009 Commemorative Ceremony to Francis Terrier
Honfleur (14) 06/03/2009 65 Anniversary Poster Competition
Caen (14) 14/03/2009 Commemorative Ceremony
Bény sur Mer (14) 25/04/2009 Flower laying on Canadian cemetery graves
Ouistreham (14) 30/04/2009 Deportees’ Day
Vierville sur Mer (14) 03/05/2009 The Liberation Visits
La Cambe (14) 09/05/2009 Ceremony of Franco-German Reconciliation at the German Cemetery of La Cambe
Caen (14) 13/05/2009 Commemorative Walk
Tournai sur Dive (61) 17/05/2009 Inauguration of bust of Abbé Launay
Sainte Marie du Mont (50) 30/05/2009 Peace Walk
Bernières sur Mer (14) 31/05/2009 Commemorative Walk “Queen’s Own Rifles Of Canada”
Sainte Marie du Mont (50) 01/06/2009 Soirée
Sainte Mère Eglise (50) 01/06/2009 Opening of the “Musée à Ciel Ouvert”
Sainte Mère Eglise (50) 03/06/2009 Soirée on the theme “Horses in War”
Picauville (50) 04/06/2009 Commemorative ceremony 90th Infantry
Colleville sur Mer (14) 04/06/2009 Meetings Of The Memories
Gourbesville (50) 04/06/2009 Commemorative ceremony
Amfreville (50) 04/06/2009 Commemorative ceremony
Sainte Marie du Mont (50) 04/06/2009 Soirée
Picauville (50) 05/06/2009 Inauguration of Monument to USAF
Anguerny (14) 05/06/2009 Commemorative ceremony
Le Mesnil Patry (14) 05/06/2009 Commemorative ceremony to Canadian troops
Arromanches les Bains 05/06/2009 Ceremony In Memory of The Royal Engineers
Arromanches les Bains (14) 05/06/2009 Jazz Concert
Arromanches les Bains (14) 05/06/2009 Lighting up of the Mulberry Harbour and Fireworks
Ranville (14) 05/06/2009 Open Day
Bénouville (14) 05/06/2009 Commemorative ceremony
Bénouville (14) 05/06/2009 Parade
Carentan (50) 05/06/2009 Ceremonies And Parade
Longues sur Mer (14) 05/06/2009 The Night They Arrived – 3rd D-Day Festival
Courseulles sur Mer (14) 05/06/2009 Remembrance Ceremony
Sainte Mère Eglise (50) 05/06/2009 Militaria Fair Exchange
Orglandes (50) 05/06/2009 Commemorative ceremony
Picauville (50) 05/06/2009 Commemorative ceremony
Sainte Marie du Mont (50) 05/06/2009 Soirée
Sainte Marie du Mont (50) 05/06/2009 Fireworks
Courseulles sur Mer (14) 05/06/2009 “Remembrance Workshops” & Candlelight Ceremony
Chef du Pont (50) 05/06/2009 Commemorative ceremony
Bonneville là Louvet (14) 06/06/2009 Commemorative ceremony
Condé sur Vire (50) 06/06/2009 Commemorative ceremony
Bernières sur Mer (14) 06/06/2009 Commemorative ceremony Queen’s Own Rifles Of Canada
Ouistreham (14) 06/06/2009 Wreath Laying At The War Memorial And Cemetery
Arromanches les Bains (14) 06/06/2009 Open Air Mass
Arromanches les Bains (14) 06/06/2009 Inauguration of The Beckett Space
Arromanches les Bains (14) 06/06/2009 Remembrance Ceremony
Arromanches les Bains (14) 06/06/2009 Jazz Concert
Tilly sur Seulles (14) 06/06/2009 Concert Of The Liberation day
Bénouville (14) 06/06/2009 Ceremonies And Parades
Carentan (50) 06/06/2009 Parades For The 65th Anniversary
Saint Laurent sur Mer (14) 06/06/2009 Picnic Omaha Beach Normandy Day
Ver sur Mer (14) 06/06/2009 Ceremonies and Wreath Laying At British Memorial – 9.00am
Creully (14) 06/06/2009 Commemorative Ceremony
Bayeux (14) 06/06/2009 Soirée
Ver sur Mer (14) 06/06/2009 Ceremonies and Wreath Laying At British Memorial – 11.15
Saint Martin of Varreville (50) 06/06/2009 Ceremony for combatants who died at sea
Angoville at the Plain (50) 06/06/2009 Ceremony Officielle
Sainte Mère Eglise (50) 06/06/2009 Harley Davidson Parade
Sainte Mère Eglise (50) 06/06/2009 Commemorative ceremony for Peace
Sainte Marie du Mont (50) 06/06/2009 Commemorative ceremony Utah Beach (possibly a duplicate of above)
Sainte Mère Eglise (50) 06/06/2009 Soirée and Concert
Courseulles sur Mer (14) 06/06/2009 Canadian Commemoration ceremony
Courseulles sur Mer (14) 06/06/2009 Musical Parade
Courseulles sur Mer (14) 06/06/2009 Torchlight Procession
Bayeux (14) 06/06/2009 Commemorative Ceremony
Arromanches les Bains (14) 06/06/2009 English Commemorative Ceremony
Asnelles (14) 06/06/2009 The 47th Commando’s Steps – 3rd D-Day Festival
Tilly sur Seulles (14) 07/06/2009 1st Battle Of Normandy Bookfair In Tilly Sur Seulles
Saint Martin of Fontenay (14) 07/06/2009 Inauguration of Stained Glass Windows
Caen (14) 07/06/2009 Inauguration of Lycée Victor Lépine of Caen
Cintheaux (14) 07/06/2009 Commemorative ceremony
Honfleur (14) 07/06/2009 Commemorative ceremony
Saint Martin of Fontenay (14) 07/06/2009 Inauguration of a Commemorative Plaque To The Fusiliers Mont Royal
Esquay Notre Dame (14) 07/06/2009 Commemorative Ceremony with Royal British Legion
Arromanches les Bains (14) 07/06/2009 Jazz Concert
Bénouville (14) 07/06/2009 Music Concert (Times To Be Confirmed)
Bénouville (14) 07/06/2009 Commemorative Ceremony
Verrières (61) 07/06/2009 Commemorative Ceremony
Lingèvres (14) 07/06/2009 Commemorative Ceremony
Port en Bessin Huppain (14) 07/06/2009 Picnic Of The Liberation – D-Day Festival
Bayeux (14) 07/06/2009 Bayeux – D-Day Festival
Sainte Mère Eglise (50) 07/06/2009 Commemorative ceremony
Sainte Mère Eglise (50) 07/06/2009 Memorial Mass
Sainte Mère Eglise (50) 07/06/2009 Parachute drop on Site of Là Fière
Sainte Mère Eglise (50) 07/06/2009 Ceremony at the Monument of Là Fière
Sainte Mère Eglise (50) 07/06/2009 Welcome Ceremony Veterans and Parachutists
Sainte Mère Eglise (50) 07/06/2009 Banquet of Là Liberté
Sainte Marie du Mont (50) 07/06/2009 Concert
Lis(14) 07/06/2009 The Train Of Liberty
Bretteville l’Orgueilleuse (14) 08/06/2009 Commemoration of Bretteville L’orgueilleuse – Souvenir Canadien
Carentan (50) 12/06/2009 Events For The Town’s Liberation
Vierville sur Mer (14) 13/06/2009 The Visits Of Liberty
Barneville Carteret (50) 18/06/2009 Commemorative Ceremony
Ouistreham (14) 18/06/2009 Anniversary Of The Appeal Of June 18th By General of Gaulle
Ouistreham (14) 28/07/2009 Commemorative Ceremonies
Ouistreham (14) 01/08/2009 65th Anniversary of Liberation of Ouistreham
Cintheaux (14) 09/08/2009 Commemorative ceremony
Honfleur (14) 23/08/2009 65 Anniversary of Libération of Honfleur
Tournai sur Dive (61) 23/08/2009 Walk for Peace and Reconciliation

11 thoughts on “2009 Commemoration of D-Day: 65th Anniversary of Normandy Landings & Liberation




  2. Roy Hutchinson 19 Apr 2009 — 3:00 am

    My brother was in the landings bringing troops and supplies to the beach on his 18th birthday. He will be 84 on June 6th 2009 and has heard of medals being given by the French government to all living veterans, is this true and can he receive a medal if he is not attending the actual ceremony in Arromanches on the day.
    Thank you, Roy Hutchinson

    1. Gene Fioretti 16 May 2009 — 1:37 am

      In my research and subsequent writings on my attendance at the 60th Anniversary, I came across this issue that you are inquiring. The French government issued them to Veterans for the 50th and then the program ran out of money and ended.
      The interest was resurrected for the 60th, but as usual it took a lot of volunteerism and leg work. Basically, small groups were organized and with the advocacy of a Washington State Congressman, the medals were awarded. Since then, he lost the election. Wouldn’t you know it, the price for trying to be patriotic and recognize these ancient warriors.
      I attended one of these ceremonies in Seattle on Bastille Day of 2004. Not a single politician, from the mayor of Seattle on up to Washington’s congressional delegation showed up. Thank God for the French Diplomatic Representatives. They knew what a sacrifice was made in their behalf. The Normans and coastal French are even more thankful. I hitchhiked and backpacked for 10 days around Normandy in honor of several D-Day Veterans. The way they treated me was as if I was one of those that assaulted the Nazi defenses.
      Get in touch with me and I will send you what I have about getting your brother’s medal. 84?? He must have lied about his age to join up. Catch 22, he will probably be disqualified and severed from Vet benefits by some bumbling, bureaucratic boob in D.C.

  3. Henrietta Williams 16 Apr 2009 — 4:51 pm

    I’m doing some research on the D-Day commemorations in 2009 and need to find out who is organising the events. I’m particularly interested in finding the organisers of the parachute drop on Site of La Fiere in Saint-Mere-Eglise.

    Hope to hear from you soon.



      1. Henrietta Williams 8 May 2009 — 3:15 pm

        Thank you so much for passing on the details of the Tourist Office, I spoke to them this afternoon and they were very helpful.



  4. How can I find out the times of the event? Thanks in advance. Caroline

  5. GRAHAM DINSDALE 25 Mar 2009 — 3:49 pm

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    the diary of events shows that the 2 para drops over Ste mare Eglise will take place on 7 June – D-Day+1.

    Is this correct? There will be no drops on D-Day itself?

    Kind regards,

    Graham Dinsdale

    1. Look on the detailed events page under Carentan on 6th June.

  6. thanks for this info, my grandfather landed on the beaches and lived to tell the tale, it’s an important part of my life 🙂

    I will be coming to Normandy for the 65th

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