President Obama visiting Normandy for D-Day 2009

US Cemetary at Colleville-s/Mer, Omaha Beach
US Cemetary at Colleville-s/Mer, Omaha Beach

There are many rumours going around saying that D-Day commemorative events are being cancelled, blocked off from the general public etc. due to the President’s visiting Normandy D-Day sites in June 2009.

The only places he is expected to visit – and hence to be seriously affected by major security measures – are the American Cemetery and Colleville Beach on 6th June.

As far as I can ascertain, the American cemetery will be open to visitors as usual before and after his visit on 6th June BUT YOU WILL NEED A SECURITY PASS, OBTAINED IN ADVANCE, IF YOU WANT TO VISIT THESE SITES ON 6TH JUNE.

There is an article (in French) from the regional newspaper reproduced online here: Journal Ouest France .

So basically, the current situation is that Obama is likely to visit the US cemetery and the landing beach at Colleville on June 6th 2009 and access to these will be severely restricted.

No other events have been confirmed as part of President Obama’s visit.

6 thoughts on “President Obama visiting Normandy for D-Day 2009

  1. My boyfriend is supposed to be jumping in a recreation of D’day. I’m so proud of him. Even though we have a newborn at home and I know he’s missing us a lot, I know this was a one in a life time opportunity. He’s going to get to meet so many people. President Obama, Prince Charles, and Prime Ministers of all over. I can’t wait for him to come home but I’m so glad he went.

  2. Thanks for the info. Is it still possible to get a pass for June 6at the American Cemetary. My father landed in the second waveat Normandy. He survived and always talked about it. Even waking up to nightnares and cold sweats about the war. He lost good friends but they were alive in his stories. I went during Pres. Bush’s visit and helped some of the Vets in my Dad’s honor. We have a lock of his hair buried at the American cemetary. He died in 1998 of lung cancer and he used his training landing in Normandy to fight his cancer. We played The Longest Day continuoysly in the hospital and plastered his WWII photos in his hospital room. He wanted him to reach down inside of himself and bring out that soldier in him. He said he was taught in WWII you have to “outfox your enemy and that is what I willk do with my cancer”. He did that – he lived two and a half yesrs beyond the statistics.

  3. I am excited to be a part of this ceremony tomorrow. I am a U.S. Sailor, and since we are visiting here, we have been invited to be escorts for the Veterans.

  4. I am glad that President Obama will be there, but the lack of information has been absolutely awful. I am going to be there as well after 25 e-mails to the State Department, American Battlefields and Monuments Commission, several French organizations, and a call to the US Embassy in Paris.

    My visit was already scheduled for a short four day stay to honor my father, SSG Harry F. Snyder, who was in the 115th Regiment of the 29th when they took the beach. He was killed just outside St. Lo and is buried in the Coleville Cemetery.

    I finally received notification that I and my French friend, Joel, who visits and decorates my father’s grave every week of the year, will be admitted.

    My concern is for other families of those at Coleville who may not have heard about the visit and might be turned away.

    I don’t blame the President, but the US State Department could use some serious help. Even with the short time frame, it is odd that the President of France announced the visit over a week ago on French television for all to hear.

    1. Cliff Newton 2 Jun 2009 — 1:52 pm

      Anne – I also had planned to be at the cemetery that day but just found out about his visit. Can you tell me what you had to do to gain admittance? Thanks.

  5. I am pleased to know that President Obama is visiting the American Cemetery and Memorial at Normandy. It is a beautiful site and a fitting resting place for the almost 10,000 American soldiers, sailors and airmen who died in the campaign to liberate Europe. It is fitting that we honor those who sacrificed, and I am certain that the President will make this a memorable event. In my own way I am also hoping to honor them with the publication of a new book on D-Day, Victory Principles, which uses their story to illustrate seven universal leadership principles that made their victory possible, even in the face of tremendous challenges.

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