70th Anniversary of D-Day
A number of American World War II veterans have expressed their wish to travel to France in 2014 to attend the ceremonies commemorating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, the Allied Landing in Normandy on June 6, 1944.
Though plans are still developing, the following details should provide information useful to those who intend to visit or follow the commemorations:
The major international ceremony celebrating D-Day, co-chaired by U.S. President Obama and French President Hollande, and involving other Heads of State from Allied countries, will take place on June 6, 2014, at Sword Beach, more precisely at Ouistreham, at 3:30PM.
High-level bilateral ceremonies are also being planned by the French President in collaboration with the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. All three ceremonies should take place on the morning of June 6. As far as the location where the French-American bilateral ceremony could be organized, the American organizers will soon decide where it will take place, possibly at Colleville-sur-mer Cemetery, very close to Omaha Beach, likely around 10:00AM.
For those who would like to attend one or more of those events, in particular veterans, the American Embassy in Paris has created an e-mail account specifically for that purpose: firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, there are a large number of events planned by the various cities and towns of Normandy, among them Sainte-Mère-Eglise, which was liberated by the Allied Forces.
We recommend that you consult the following websites for the many ceremonies and activities organized by the Normandy region.
The following official website will be updated with all pertinent details:
On the same website, there is a page for veterans’ registration:
The famous town of Sainte-Mère-Eglise is a good example of the cities’ initiatives dedicated to specific units or divisions:
The Normandy official tourism website:
Since these events will attract large crowds from all over the world, we recommend that visitors make flight and hotel reservations as far ahead of time as possible.
We will keep you informed as we receive additional details on this major commemoration. France will do its best to honor and celebrate all the veterans present in Normandy at the occasion of the 70th anniversary of D-Day.