The 70th anniversary of D-day is going to be memorable [fr]

In France, from June 5 to August 21, 2014, Normandy will celebrate, with emotion, the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. This anniversary will be a time of recollection and remembrance at a national and international level.

One of the important official ceremonies is scheduled to take place in the presence of French and American heads of state at the American Military Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.
This will be one of the highlights of this historic summer and a unique opportunity to highlight the close ties between France and the United States of America.


The major official ceremonies are mentioned in the planned schedule below.
Please note that many other local ceremonies and events will also be taking place in Normandy during the coming weeks.

The official ceremonies on June 6, 2014 in Normandy, France

The provisional agenda of the official ceremonies in FRANCE on June 6, 2014
(Paris time)

Binational Ceremonies
  • France / United-States

Franco-American ceremony at Colleville-sur-Mer in Calvados at 10:40 a.m.

François Hollande and Barack Obama will stand side by side at the American Military Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer on June 6th, 2014 to commemorate this historic date. Together they will preside over the Franco-American ceremony.

  • France / United Kingdom

- Anglo-French ceremony at Bayeux Cathedral at 9:15 (Calvados)
- Anglo-French ceremony at Bayeux British’s Cemetery at 11:15

  • France / Netherlands

Franco-Dutch ceremony at 10:00 in Arromanches-les-Bains (Calvados)

  • France / Denmark

Ceremony at Utah Beach on the morning of June 6, 2014 (Manche)

  • France / Norway

Franco-Norwegian ceremony at 10:30 in Hermanville-sur-Mer (Calvados)

  • France / Poland

Franco-Polish ceremony at 5:30 in Urville (Calvados)

  • France / Canada

Franco-Canadian ceremony in Courvilles-sur-Mer at 5:30 (Calvados)


International ceremony

Preceded by a luncheon for the Heads of State at the Castle of Bénouville, this international ceremony will take place at 3:00 PM at Ouistreham.

French National Ceremony

Chaired by the President of the French Republic, the national ceremony for civilian victims will be held at the Memorial of Caen on June 6, 2014 at 9 AM.

Numerous other events have also been organized in the Normandy region:

- Meetings with Veterans
- Hiking paths through combat locations
- Unveiling of plaque in streets named after WWII significant military events or figures
- Concerts
- Balls and commemorative musical parades
- Film screenings
- Scenes reenacting daily life of June 44
- To learn more about the many events set up around Omaha Beach, click here.

This list of happenings only mentions a few of the many events organized throughout Normandy and France on the occasion of this historic Anniversary.

Please find here other resources that will guide you to prepare your visit.
To learn more about other highlights of the commemoration planned in the Normandy region, you may also visit this page of the main website,, in English

In Florida, events will take place on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the D-day landings, to learn more about them, click here.

Article published May 19, 2014.

Last modified on 02/06/2014

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