Ranville – Pegasus Bridge D-Day Commemorative Events

Pegasus Bridge
Pegasus Bridge


On D-Day itself the British 6th Airborne Division was the first full unit to go into action, at sixteen minutes past midnight, in Operation Tonga. One set of objectives was Pegasus Bridge and other bridges on the rivers at the east flank of the landing area. The bridges were very quickly captured in a daring action by glider forces and held against German counter-attacks until relieved by the Commandos later on D-Day.

June 5th
>>> Museum open day
>>> Commemorative ceremony
>>> Parachute drop – Presence of 8 Dakota aircraft
>>> Midnight ceremony – Major Howard stele
>>> Musical entertainment

Early hours of June 6th
>>> Arrival of British runners at glider landing zone scheduled for 12.16 am; departure planned from RAF Tarrant Rushton (England)

June 6th
>>> Commemorative ceremony
>>> Parade
>>> Inauguration of 6 monuments dedicated to the soldiers of the 6 gliders

Further events will be staged on June 3rd, 4th and 7th

An exhibition by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is expected to be installed at the beginning of June

For more details contact:
Memorial Pegasus
Tel. : 0033 (0)2 31 78 19 44

3 thoughts on “Ranville – Pegasus Bridge D-Day Commemorative Events

  1. Does anyone know if there is anything planned for Ranville cemetary on the 5/6th? I am visiting the grave of my uncle who is buried there thanks

  2. I would like to know if any activities are planned for Utah Beach. I was a member of the Signal Corps and landed there on June 7th or 8th.

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