2013 D-Day Normandy Calendar

D-Day Events 2013

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This is a guide to 2013 D-Day events in Normandy, France for the 69th Anniversary of D-Day.


Sunday 26th May 2013

Amfreville (50)
– 11:00 a.m.  : ceremony at the 507th PIR monument.

Picauville (50)
– 09:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. : 10th military fair at the village hall.


Saturday 1st June 2013

Carquebut (50)
– 10:30 a.m. : international walk for Peace. Starting at 10:30, lunch at 12:30 at Houesville. Back to Carquebut to 04:00 p.m. and arrival in Sainte-Mere-Eglise to 05:00 p.m. (19 km).


Sunday, 2nd June 2013

Sainteny (50)
– 11:00 a.m. : ceremony at la Roserie with veteran Jack Port from the US 4th infantry division.


Tuesday 4th June 2013

Montebourg (50)
– 05:00 p.m. : ceremony in the square of the 4th American Infantry.

Sainte-Mère-Eglise (50)
– 06:30 p.m. : welcome to veterans and their families.


Wednesday 5th June 2013

Amfreville (50)
– 11:00 a.m.  : ceremony at the 507th PIR monument.
– 02:30 p.m. : ceremony at the Timmes monument.
– 06:00 p.m. : ceremony honouring DeGlopper.

Gourbesville (50)
– 09:30 a.m. : official ceremony at the 82nd Airborne/90th Infantry division monument, near the church.

Merville (14)
– 12:00 a.m. : veterans lunch at the battery.
– 05:00 p.m. : ceremony at the 9th battalion monument at the battery.
– 07:00 p.m. : veterans lunch (reservation at the battery).

Saint-Marcouf (50)
– Reenactement of a U.S. military camp at the Crisbecq battery (from 5th to 9th June).

Sainte-Marie-du-Mont (50)
– 05:00 p.m.: hommage to the women who took part in the Normandy landings.
– 08:00 p.m. : official ceremony at Utah Beach/Sainte-Marie-du-Mont.

Saint-Vaast-en-Auge (14)
– 03:30 p.m. : ceremony honouring the 12 British and Canadian paratroopers killed on D-Day near the town.

Utah Beach (50)
– 02:00 p.m. : Utah Beach Memory walk (12 km). Limited number of places: mandatory registration at the Sainte-Mère-Eglise Tourist office.
– 11:00 p.m. : fireworks at Utah Beach.

Picauville (50)
– 06:00 p.m. : Picauville Memory walk (11 km). Meet at the church. Limited number of places: mandatory registration at the Sainte-Mère-Eglise Tourist office.


Thursday, 6th June 2013

Amfreville (50)
– 06:00 p.m. : Amfreville Memory walks (7 km). Meet at the 507th PIR monument. Limited number of places: mandatory registration at the Sainte-Mère-Eglise Tourist office.

Bayeux (14)
– 12:00 a.m. : ceremony organized by the Royal British Legion at the Bayeux War Cemetery.

Colleville-sur-Mer (14)
– 08:30 a.m. : historic evocation of D-Day by historians, veterans and inhabitants of the municipalities of Omaha.
– 15:30 p.m. : ecumenical ceremony at the US military cemetery.

Courseulles-sur-Mer (14)
– 10:30 a.m. : ceremony with Canadian and French dignitaries and inauguration of the Garth Webb Esplanade.
– 01:00 p.m. : free access at the Juno Beach Centre.
– 04:00 p.m. : free concert by the Canadian group “Cataraqui Brass”. Garth Webb Esplanade.
– 06:00 p.m. : free concert by the “Pipe Bands Piperade South West & Westcliff Piping Society”. Juno Park.
– 08:30 p.m. : free concert by Canadian group “Brideau-Gagnon Blues Band”. Esplanade Garth Webb.
– 11:00 p.m. : fireworks at Juno Park.

Merville (14)
– 12:00 a.m. : veterans lunch at the battery.

Ranville (14)
– 09:30 a.m. : wreath laying at the Crossroad of 6 june, 13th Battalion Memorial.
– 11:00 a.m. : remembrance ceremony at the Ranville military cemetery.

Sainte-Marie-du-Mont (50)
– 09:00 a.m.  : IVY walk, in the path of the 4th US Infantry Division on D-Day. Information and reservation : leholdy@orange.fr.
– 11:00 a.m.  : ceremony at the Angelo Chatas monument in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont/Utah Beach (near the Réserve de Beauguillot)

Sainte-Mère-Eglise (50)
– 08:30 p.m. : concert for Peace, Church of Sainte-Mère-Eglise.

Ver-sur-Mer (14)
– 09:30 p.m. : ceremony honoring the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards at Place Winston Churchill.
– 11:00 p.m. : ceremony at the 2nd Battalion The Hertfordshire Regiment, Avenue du Colonel Harper, and ceremony at the 50th Infantry Division Royal Artillery, Voie du Débarquement.
– 11:30 p.m. : ceremony honoring the memory of the Normans killed on D-Day, Place Amiral Byrd.

Vierville-sur-Mer (14)
– 16:30 p.m. : ceremony at the National Guard monument.

Friday June 7th 2013

Bretteville-l’Orgueilleuse (14)
– 06:00 p.m. : ceremony at the Gordon Brown monument (commercial area of Bretteville-l’Orgueilleuse).
– 07:00 p.m. : ceremony in honour of Canadian soldiers, Place des Canadiens.

Carentan (50)
– 05:00 p.m. : official ceremonies at the “Carré de choux” monument then at the town hall.
– 08:30 p.m. : liberation ball at the village hall. 1944 dress. Entrance: 5 euros per person.

Chef-du-Pont (50)
– 02:00 p.m. : official ceremony.

Hiesville (50)
– 09:00 a.m. : Memory walks (9 km). Rendez-vous at the car park. Mandatory registration at the town hall.

Merville (14)
– 10:30 p.m. : re-enactment of the assault of the Merville guns with 150 participants.
– 11:30 p.m. : fireworks at the battery.

Picauville (50)
– 10:00 a.m. : official ceremony at Place du Prieuré, USAAF monument, with American soldier.
– 06:00 p.m. : ceremony at the 90th Infantry Division, Utah Beach road.
– 07:30 p.m. : French-American supper  at the village hall (open to all after registration at the Sainte-Mère-Eglise Tourist office).

Sainte-Mère-Eglise (50)
– 08:30 a.m. to 04:30 p.m. : Military Exchange Market.

Vierville-sur-Mer (14)
– 03:00 p.m. : ceremony at the monument of the 1st American military cemetery, at 162 Boulevard de Cauvigny, with American and British veterans.


Saturday 8th June 2013

Angoville-au-Plain (50)
– 10:30 a.m. : official ceremony at the Toccoa monument, near the church.

Carentan (50)
– 08:00 a.m. : Carentan Liberty March. Meeting at the Carentan marina. Finish is around 04:00 p.m., at Place de la République.

Colleville-Montgomery (14)
– 10:30 a.m. : Piper Bill Millin memorial unveiling.

Graignes (50)
– 05:30 p.m. : ceremony at the French-American monument.

La Cambe (14)
– 02:00 p.m. : official German ceremony at the German military cemetery.

Sainte-Marie-du-Mont (50)
– 09:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. : Military Exchange Market near the stadium. Information and reservation : leholdy@orange.fr.

Sainte-Mère-Eglise (50)
– 12:00 a.m. : lunch near the church of Sainte-Mère-Eglise.
– 06:00 p.m. : Peace ceremony at the “0 Borne” of Sainte-Mère-Eglise.
– 07:00 p.m. : banquet  in Sainte-Mere-Eglise.
– 11:00 p.m. : fireworks near the church in Sainte-Mère-Eglise.


Sunday 9th June  2013

Brévands (50)
– 10:00 a.m. : ceremony at « le Moulin », near the Filthy 13 area.

Merville (14)
– All day long: “Heroes walk “. France 44 association is re-enacting the assault of the batteries (booking at the battery, 8 Euros).

Sainte-Marie-du-Mont (50)
– 09:30-12:00 a.m. : « Utah Red Ball », GMC truck tour. Information and rervation : leholdy@orange.fr.
– 12:00 a.m. : open-air lunch near the church.

Sainte-Mère-Eglise (50)
– 11:00 a.m. : Airborne show at La Fière by the Round Canopy Parachuting Team.
– 04:00 p.m. : Airborne show at La Fière by the Round Canopy Parachuting Team.

Ver-sur-Mer (14)
– 10:45 a.m. : ceremony honouring the Green Howards soldiers at the Paisty-Vert, Voie du Débarquement.


Monday 18th June  2013

Tilly-sur-Seulles (14)
– 09:30 a.m. : mass in the church.
– 10:45 a.m.  : wreath laying near the church.
– 11:00 a.m. : ceremony in the memory of civilian victims.

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