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70 th anniversary

Program of the ceremonies and events of the 70th anniversary of D-Day on the days around the 6th of June 2014 in Sainte Mère Eglise, Sainte Marie du Mont, Picauville, Amfreville, Carentan...
(up to date on the 24th february 2014)


Thursday 29th and Friday, 30th May:

10.30 p.m.: Sound and Light show about the Liberation in Orglandes, at Manoir de la Hougue, followed by a great firework. Organisation: Comité des fêtes - doublet.remi@wanadoo.fr
 
Friday, 30th May
HEMEVEZ
9 p.m.: Local choir festival on the theme of Peace and Freedom from the 30th may till 1st June
Organization: Association of Heritage preservation and Townhall - 0033 645 63 88 39 or jeanmarjoly50@gmail.com
 
Saturday, 31st May:
CARENTAN
Morning: Start of the 14th meeting of convertible cars (time and place to be defined)
Organization: Townhall and Mr Neveu (association “Cabriolets en Manche”)
 
Opening of the Arizona Camp (organization: CAPA) with 420 participants, 150 vehicles including 5 Armored ones. Several animations (see details below in “US camps”)
 
HEMEVEZ
9 p.m.: Local choir festival on the theme of Peace and Freedom from the 30th may till 1st June
Organization: Association of Heritage preservation and Townhall - 0033 645 63 88 39 or jeanmarjoly50@gmail.com
 
SAINTE MERE EGLISE
9 p.m.: Concert Jazz Bill Carrothers and with two choirs “Maitrise de Caen” and “American Boy Choir”, on the podium, on the church’ square. Organization: CG50 and Townhall
 
UTAH BEACH-SAINTE MERE EGLISE
10a.m. - 5 p.m.: International March for Peace (around 20 km). Start from Utah Beach and arrival in Sainte Mère Eglise. Organization: Centre paroissial - Tel: 00 33 233 41 41 48 or info@saintemereeglise50.cef.fr
 
Sunday, 1st of June:
CARENTAN
2.30-6.30 p.m.: Conference with Denis Van Den Brick who will recall the chronology of the days before D-Day: Training of paratroopers in England, the civilian life in France (by Patrick Fissot) and the everyday’s life of German soldiers. Exhibition of photos and equipment, at salle des fête, theatre room (place to be confirmed). Everyone is welcome.
Organization: Amis de la 101e Airborne - Sébastien Lesné - carentanlibertygroup@hotmail.fr
 
HEMEVEZ
3 p.m.: Local choir festival on the theme of Peace and Freedom from the 30th may till 1st June
Organization: Association of Heritage preservation and Townhall - 0033 645 63 88 39 or jeanmarjoly50@gmail.com
OCTEVILLE L’AVENEL
11 a.m.: Ceremony in memory of the American paratroopers buried in the village cemetery from June till July 1944. Inauguration of a monument with the presence of a 101st Airborne Veteran.
Next to the church. Organization: Townhall
 
PICAUVILLE
During the day: Military fair, at salle polyvalente.
Organization: Picauville se souvient - Tel: 00 33 233 41 02 48 or charles.dennebouy@orange.fr
 
UTAH BEACH
70m Fresco specially created for the 70th anniversary of the Landing by pupils of different nationalities, exhibited on the beach. Project of the Conseil Général. (to be confirmed)
 
Monday, 2nd, , Tuesday, 3rd and Wednesday, 4th of June
French TV program “Midi en France” will be shot in Sainte Mère Eglise, on the church’ square.
 
Monday, 2nd June
UTAH BEACH
Inauguration of the Tree of Freedom (to be confirmed)
70 groups of young Normans gather currently 70 testimonies of people which have lived the Landing and the Battle of Normandy. They can be Veterans, resistance fighters, inhabitants, children of deportee, Germans… Following this gathering, 70 extracts of these testimonies will be hung on 3 Trees of Freedom, planted in Ouistreham, Montormel and Utah Beach
 
Tuesday, 3rd June
American troops will be there from the 3rd until the 9th of June (350 soldiers in Carentan, sport hall of Haut Dick, 300 soldiers in Sainte Mère Eglise)
150 French soldiers from the 6e RG (Engineer Regiment) of the 9e BIMa (Marine Infantry Brigade) from Angers will be stationed at the sport hall Jean Truffaut.
 
CARENTAN
8 p.m.: Theatre-spectacle “What if we build Peace together?”, in French, English and German. Organization: Collège of Sainte Mère Eglise
 
SAINTE MERE EGLISE
2.30 p.m.: Dedication time by Antonin Dehays for his book “Sainte Mère Eglise - un sanctuaire américain en Normandie”, in the Airborne Museum - 0033 233 41 41 35 or infos@airborne-museum.org
6 p.m.: Soldiers have dinner in the local families. Meeting at the salle des fêtes, next to the townhall.
Registration: ava50480@gmail.com or ot@ccsme.fr or 0033 233 21 00 33.
Organization: AVA (Amis des Vétérans Américains)
 
Wednesday, 4th June:
AMFREVILLE
11.30 a.m.: Ceremony at the 507th PIR Monument. Organization: Townhall with US Normandie Mémoire et Gratitude
2.30 p.m.: Ceremony at the “Timmes Orchard” Monument. Organization: Townhall with US Normandie Mémoire et Gratitude
6 p.m.: Historic Walk with commentaries (tour n°3). Meeting at the 507th PIR Monument.
Limited number of participants - With prior booking at the Tourist Office - Tel: 00 33 233 21 00 33 or ot@ccsme.fr. Souvenir leaflet: 5 €.
Organization: Communauté de Communes in partnership with the association US Normandie Mémoire et Gratitude

CARENTAN
1.00-1.30 p.m.: Parachute drop from C-47 planes with around 250 men in re-enactment clothes. The planes will leave Portsmouth, GB and make a fly over Utah Beach before the parachute drop above Carentan, after the Palm roundabout, direction St Côme du Mont, on the left.
Organization: Townhall and RCPT (Round Canopy Parachuting Team) - staff@rcpt.eu
 
With the American, Dutch, German and French soldiers:
5.00 p.m.: Inauguration of the Cole Monument, at the Palm roundabout (north side of Carentan)
5.30 p.m.: Official ceremony,at the Carré de Choux (Route of St Come, in front of But department’ store)
6 p.m.: Ceremony at the Signal Monument (next to the townhall, in front of the train station)
7 p.m.: Parade of the soldiers in town
 
GOURBESVILLE
10 a.m.: Ceremony at the 90th ID and 82nd AB. Organization: Townhall
 
MONTEBOURG
5 p.m.: Ceremony. Organization: Townhall
 
PICAUVILLE
4.00 p.m.: Ceremony on the site dedicated to Chaplain Maternowski, at the Guetteville hamlet. Organization: US Normandie Mémoire et Gratitude
 
SAINTE MERE EGLISE
During the day:  Military Fair inSainte Mère Eglise at the hall market
Organization: Association Timberwolves Tel: 00 33 608 45 24 65 or ballesterbarth@aol.com
 
Thursday, 5th June:
CARENTAN
7 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Military Fair at the hall market, road of Périers
Free entrance. Exhibitor: 15€/m. Information and booking: 0033 671 96 46 70 or bbbww2@live.fr
 
Morning: presentation of amphibian vehicles, on the marina
2.30 p.m.: Choir with 160 children (Liberation songs). Organization: schools of Carentan
Military music (to be confirmed)
3.00 p.m.: Parade of amphibian vehicles in the canal of Haut Dick with 15 amphibian jeeps, 1 GMC Duck… with music entertainment.
A commentary will give you the vehicles’ story and their particularities.
Organization: Captain Pierrejean and Townhall - 0033 233 42 74 00
 
CHEF DU PONT
2 p.m.: Ceremony at the Rex Comb Square. Organization: Townhall
 
HIESVILLE
Historic Walk (9 km). “The night the Eagles screamed”
Meeting at the car park of the village. Limited number of participants - With prior booking at the Tourist Office - Tel: 00 33 233 21 00 33 or ot@ccsme.fr. Souvenir leaflet: 3 €.
Organization: Communauté de Communes de Sainte Mère Eglise.
 
PICAUVILLE
10 a.m.: Ceremony dedicated to the Airborne troops and the flight crew, at the USAAF Monument, Prieuré’ square, with 200 American soldiers and 150 German soldiers with their music, the American Guard of Honor, a bugle player and an American and a German chaplain.
Inauguration of the Monument dedicated to the A8 Airfield American Pilots, killed in duty.
Fly over by an American Airforce Aircraft.
Organization: Townhall in partnership with Picauville se souvient

SAINT COME DU MONT
10.30 a.m.: Inauguration of the new plaque in memory of Joe Beyrle (506th, 101st AB) with his family, including his two sons (one is an American Ambassador in Russia), at the church
 
Conference on the American glider’s pilots, by Philippe Esvelin
At the D-Day Paratrooper Historical Center, Dead Man’s Corner Museum - 0033 233 42 00 42 or carentan.101@orange.fr
3 p.m.: conference in English
6.30 p.m.: conference in French
 
SAINTE MARIE DU MONT
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Military Fair in Sainte Marie du Mont in open air next to the sport field. Free entrance. Information and booking: Club du Souvenir Militaire - 00 33 233 71 56 54 or leholdy@orange.fr
 
SAINTE MERE EGLISE
3 p.m.: Memorial service in the church with the “Sonoran Desert Chorale” (Arizona). Several civilian and military VIP. Organization: AVA
4 p.m.: Official ceremony at the Signal Monument, on the church’ square. Organization: Townhall
5 p.m.: Inauguration of the Airborne Museum’s extension (on invitation). Closed for public access at 4.00 p.m.
 
UTAH BEACH
6.00-7.00 p.m.: Tribute to civilian and military women. Bring a flower and come with 1940’s clothes (HBT, WAC, Red cross, Rochambelles…). Proper dress required (hair tied back, no socks in the shoes, no apparent piercing).
More informatio : women1944@live.fr
7.30 p.m.: Parachute drop from C47 planes on Utah Beach. Organization: Utah Beach Museum - 0033 233 71 53 35 or musee@utah-beach.com
8.00 - 9.30 p.m.: Official Ceremony at Utah Beach with the French army. Legion of Honor given to John Roman, David and Gene Dewhurst. Organization: Townhall
9.30-11 p.m.: Concert of Gary Sinise with The Lt Dan Band, at the Utah Beach Museum (to be confirmed)
10.45/11 p.m.: Lightning of the Norman coast with 23 simultaneous fireworks along the coastline. In Utah Beach, firework and Military music
 
Friday, 6th June:
CARENTAN
11.30 a.m.: Ceremony dedicated to women with balloon release. At Arizona Camp, road to Périers
4 p.m. (hour to be confirmed): Hike “on the steps of the Refugees of Carentan” who have left the town on the 6th of June 1944, after the bombings.
Organization: Patrick Fissot and Tourist Office in Carentan - 0033 233 71 23 50 or ot-carentan@wanadoo.fr
9.30 p.m.: Spectacles by the local associations of dance, swing’n dance, at the racecourse.
11 p.m.: Firework, at the racecourse
 
HEMEVEZ
10 a.m.: Ceremony at the paratrooper monument, with the presence of the American troops. Organization: Townhall
 
PICAUVILLE
5 p.m.: Presentation of the French-German Friendship with texts and songs. Dedication to the Citizens of Honor and all US soldiers who have given us back our Freedom. General Leclerc’ square.
Organisation: Association Patrimoine with La Gabare choir - tourisme.patrimoine@orange.fr
 
7.00 p.m.: Ceremony at the 90th ID Monument, rue Pasteur. Organization: Townhall in partnership with Picauville se souvient
8.00 p.m.: Friendship diner at salle polyvalente.
Information and booking: Association Picauville se souvient: 0033 233 41 02 48 or charles.dennebouy@orange.fr-
 
SAINT COME DU MONT
Inauguration of the Airborne Memorial Wall at the Dead Man’s Corner Museum (time to be defined).
Since 2007, St Côme du Mont Museum has a project of Commemorative Wall: graved stones with the donator name and Veteran name (82nd or 101st Airborne Paratrooper or C47 plane pilot) will be set to built this honor wall. Anyone wishing to purchase a stone can contact At the D-Day Paratrooper Historical Center, Dead Man’s Corner Museum: 0033 233 42 00 42 or carentan.101@orange.fr
SAINTE MARIE DU MONT
9.00 a.m.: French-Danish Ceremony on Utah Beach, at the Danish Monument (to be confirmed)
10.00 a.m.: IVY March in Sainte Marie du Mont. Follow the itinerary used by the 4th ID on June, 6th 1944. Start in front of the Utah Beach Museum and arrival in Sainte Marie du Mont around 1 p.m.
Information and booking: Club du Souvenir Militaire - 0033 233 71 56 54 or leholdy@orange.fr
11 a.m.: Oecumenical mass on the beach. Organization: Centre Paroissial of Sainte Mère Eglise (to be confirmed)
11 a.m.: Ceremony at the Angelos Chatas USN Monument with the daughter and grand-daughter of A. Chatas (Utah Beach, direction Beauguillot Bird Sanctuary).
Organization: Association des Amis du Jour J d’Utah Beach
1 p.m.: Arrival of the IVY March in Sainte Marie du Mont
4 to 5 p.m.: Fiona Harrison’s concert (1940’ songs), on the church’ square
5.00 p.m.: Welcome to Veterans (to be confirmed). Organization: UNC
8.00 p.m.: Projection of the documentary « Eagles of Mercy », with the Veterans and the actors of TV miniseries “Band of Brothers”: 2 American medics took care of the wounded in the church of Angoville au Plain in the early day of the 6th June 1944. At the Utah Beach Museum. Private projection on booking on wwiifoundation.org
8.30 p.m.: Dance of the Liberation on the church’ square. Organization: Club du Souvenir Militaire - 0033 233 71 56 54 or leholdy@orange.fr
 
SAINTE MERE EGLISE
All day long: Tandem parachute jumps above Sainte Mère Eglise.
Dive in History during the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy. Meeting at the Cherbourg-Maupertus airport to get into the plane and fly above the Cotentin and Utah Beach Coasts before your get ready to jump above Sainte Mère Eglise!
Prices: 365 €/person, video+photos: 130 €, video: 100 €
Booking: Tourist Office of Sainte Mère Eglise - 0033 233 21 00 33 or ot@ccsme.fr
 
9.30 a.m.: Dedication time by Ronalds Ooms for his book “The Official Biography of Band of Brothers Veteran Clancy Lyall », at the Airborne Museum - 0033 233 41 41 35 or infos@airborne-museum.org
2 to 5 p.m.: US concerts and Welcome to Veterans, on the church’ square
2-2.30 p.m.: « Eisenhower Elite Energy » of Eisenhower High School (50 singers)
2.30-3 p.m.: Alexandria Hamonizers (95 singers)
3-5 p.m.: Concert followed by a great American parade in town with 350 musicians of the three groups: East Burke High School « Marching Cavaliers », Lakeshore High School “Lancer Marching Band”, University of Texas San Antonio “Roadrunner Marching Band”
 
9 p.m.: Concert for Peace with the regional orchestra and a choir, on the church’ square (or in the church according to the weather conditions)
 
3 p.m. (to be confirmed) : Official International Ceremony in Ouistreham with the Heads of state
 
 
Saturday, 7th June :

AMFREVILLE
10.30 a.m.: Inauguration of a new monument on the Site “Charles De Glopper" and the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment (GIR) at Hameau Flaux in Amfreville.
11.30 a.m.: Inauguration of a new monument (Glider wing) next to the Cauquigny Chapel
Organization: US Normandie Mémoire et Gratitude - 02.33.52.63.27 ou 06.77.65.04.23 / danielbriard@hotmail.fr 
 
ANGOVILLE AU PLAIN
10.30 a.m.: Mass in the church
11.30 a.m. Ceremony at the monument dedicated to the medics Robert E. WRIGHT and Kenneth J. MOORE from the 2nd Battalion of the 501st PIR of the 101st Airborne Division. Organization: Townhall
CARENTAN
8.30 a.m.: Start of the Carentan Liberty March from Carentan, at the marina. COMPLETE.
Organization: Carentan Liberty Group: carentanlibertygroup@hotmail.fr
3.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.: Animations, place de la république
Music and dance with the Three Belles and The Bevin Boys, demonstrations of dance
Exodus re-enactment
Vehicles parade
4.30 p.m.: Arrival of the Carentan Liberty March, re-enactment of the 23rd June 1944 ceremony “Silver Star”, place de la république
5.00 p.m.: Flash mob with 1940’s music , place de la république
8.30 p.m.: Great Dance of the Liberation animated by the Big Band “Tea for Two” with 21 musicians, the Three Belles and The Bevin Boys. Flash Mob with 1940’s music, at the racecourse.
1940’s atmosphere. Please wear 1940’s clothes. Entrance fee: 6 €
Organization: Carentan Liberty Group - 0033 233 42 19 86
 
CATZ
10.00 a.m.-2.00 p.m.: Jeep gathering (g503.com) with collectors from around the world. More information: http://jeepgathering2014.jimdo.com
At the Normandy Tank Museum: contact@normandy-tank-museum.fr or 0033 233 44 39 45
 
ECAUSSEVILLE
2 p.m.: Re-enactment of 1944 parachute drop with 10 C-47 planes
Organization: RCPT
Demonstrations of parachute folding. Grilled meat to take away on site.
At the Airship Hangar: belin@aerobase.fr or 0033 233 08 56 02
 
GRAIGNES
5.30 p.m.: Ceremony. Organization: Townhall
 
PICAUVILLE
9 a.m.: Hike on the « historic paths » of Picauville and Etienville. English and French commentaries.
Organization : Association Patrimoine - tourisme.patrimoine@orange.fr or 0033 607 48 09 95
 
SAINTE MARIE DU MONT
10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Exhibition of Armored vehicles and tow trucks.
Organization: Club du Souvenir Militaire - 0033 233 71 56 54 or leholdy@orange.fr
3 p.m.: Spectacle "Let’s build Peace together" on the church square by 39 French, American and German high school students. Organization: Collège (high school) of Sainte Mère Eglise (à confirmer)
7.30 p.m.: Parade of the Major Girls in Sainte Marie du Mont. Organization: Club du Souvenir Militaire - 0033 233 71 56 54 or leholdy@orange.fr
9.00-11.00 p.m.: Theatre mini-plays by the teenagers of Ste Mère Eglise Secondary school in the Utah Beach Museum.
 
SAINTE MERE EGLISE
All day long: Tandem parachute jumpsabove Sainte Mère Eglise.
Dive in History during the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy. Meeting at the Cherbourg-Maupertus airport to get into the plane and fly above the Cotentin and Utah Beach Coasts before your get ready to jump above Sainte Mère Eglise!
Prices: 365 €/person, video+photos: 130 €, video: 100 €
Booking: Tourist Office of Sainte Mère Eglise - 0033 233 21 00 33 or ot@ccsme.fr
 
10.00 to 11.00 a.m.: Conference on the gliders by Philippe Esvelin in the Airborne Museum. In French language. (At 2 p.m. in English)
11.00 a.m.: Spectacle "Let’s build Peace together" on the church square by 39 French, American and German high school students (to be confirmed)
Organization: high school of Sainte Mère Eglise
12.00 p.m.: Parade of 150 Harley Davidson. Ducs de Normandy Chapter Club
1.00 p.m.:  Picnic Normandy-Day with concert “Ducky Jim Trio” (50’s Rockabilly band) on the church square. Share this moment where each one brings its picnic. Tables at your disposal and take away (grilled meat) on the square. Organization: Townhall
2.00 - 8.30 p.m.: In deambulation in town, the band “la Banda Jojo”, 30’s-60’s jazz band.
2.00 to 3.00 p.m.: Conference on the gliders by Philippe Esvelin in the Airborne Museum. In English language. (At 10 a.m. in French)
3.00-4.00 p.m.: Concert of the Holland American Legion Band (Michigan Brass Band), on the church’ square
5.00-6.00 p.m.: Ceremony for Peace with the children, on the church’ square. Organization : Townhall
7.00 p.m.: Banquet of the Liberty in Ste Mère Eglise at the market hall.
Share this dinner and evening with the Veterans and soldiers of many nationalities who will make the Sunday’ spectacle during the parachute drop!
Norman and American animations: American Brass Band, 82nd choir and Norman folkloric group. BANQUET IS SOLD OUT - NO MORE SEATS AVAILABLE
Organization: AVA (Amis des Vétérans Américains).
8.00 p.m.-2.00 a.m. : Concerts, on the church’ square
8.00-9.00 p.m.: Concert « le Jazz le plus long »
9.15-10.15 p.m.: « Dota und die Stadt Piraten » (German band)
10.30-11.30 p.m.: « A Fond’De Cale »
11.30-11.45 p.m.: Concert Finale with the instrumental « Ode to Joy » played by the 3 groupson the stage
11.50 p.m.-00.10 a.m.: Fireworkson the church square. Organization: Townhall
00.15 a.m.: Dance of the Liberationwith « Dénécheau Jazz Musette » (1940’s music), on the church’ square. Organization: Townhall
 
Sunday, 8th June:
BREVANDS
Ceremony at the hamlet “le Moulin”
 
CARENTAN
11.00 a.m.: Mass at the Notre Dame Church
12.00 p.m.: Parade of military vehicles in town and exhibition on the Square “marché aux pommes”
8.30 p.m.: Concert by the Holland American Legion Band (50 musicians). In first part, the Carentan Harmony Orchestra. At salle des fêtes, theatre room.
Organsization: Townhall
 
SAINTE MARIE DU MONT
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.: « Utah Red Ball » in Sainte Marie du Mont. Convoy of GMC on the Utah Beach sector. Information and booking: Club du Souvenir Militaire - 0033 233 71 56 54 or leholdy@orange.fr
3 p.m.: Concert of the Legion Band with 50 musicians, on Utah Beach. Organization: Utah Beach Museum
5.00 p.m.: Conference on “the liberation by the American troops of the South West Bohemia”, in partnership with Pilsen (Czech republic)
8.0 0 p.m.: Concert in the church. Organization: Townhall
9.00-11.00 p.m.: Theatre mini-plays by the teenagers of Ste Mère Eglise Secondary school in the Utah Beach Museum.
 
SAINTE MERE EGLISE
8.30 a.m.: Vintage cycling hike with 1940-45’s bicycles, clothes and uniforms
Limited to 70 participants. Registration: 00 33 243 21 21 46 or Christian.marie.royer@orange.fr
Organization: CVMO in partnership with MVCG Bretagne, CLG, CAPA and la Roulotte Gauloise
9 a.m.: Memorial Mass, in the church. Organization: Centre paroissial (to be confirmed)
9.30 a.m.: Ceremony at the Temporary Military Cemeteries Monument, at the sportfield. Organization: Townhall
11.45 a.m.: Welcome to 300 to 350 “Friends of the Way of Liberty” cyclers, at the Borne 0, in front of the Townhall. Booking starts in January 2014. www.voiedelaliberte.fr
 
PARACHUTAGES - La Fière Site (Kellam Bridge) - 3 km away from the center
 
11.00-2.00 p.m.: International Military Parachute drops with 700 soldiers of several nationalities, on the site.
Patrouille de France (French squadron’s airshow) - To be confirmed
2.30 p.m.: Official Ceremony at the Iron Mike Monument.
The French Medal of Honor will be given to the American Veteran Fred Morgan (paratrooper medic with the 82nd Airborne).
11.00 a.m.: Ecumenical Memorial Mass (to be confirmed)
3.30 a.m.: Re-enactment of 1944 parachute drop with 250 paratroopers and 11 C-47 planes. Organization: RCPT, LJT and Townhall
11.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m.: Parade of the band “la Banda Jojo” on the site
4.00 p.m.: Parade of the soldiers toward Sainte Mère Eglise
Organization: Townhall
 
2.30 p.m.: Concert with “Melon Jazz Band” (25 musicians)
4.p.m.: Vintage cycling hike is back in town!
5 p.m.: Flash Mob with 1940’s music, on the church’ square
6 p.m.: Welcome to the paratroopers, on the church’ square
Inauguration of the monument “Operation Overlord”, tribute to the Allied paratroopers of June 1944, on the church’ square. Organization: AVA
6.15 p.m.: Fly over by the C-47 planes with precision paratroopers who will land on the church’ square
6.30 p.m.: Military Brass bands, on the church’ square
8.30-10.00 p.m.: Concert with “Melon Jazz Band” (25 musicians) or “Kid Rock” on the church’ square
 
Monday, 9th June
AZEVILLE
Tie to be defined: Historical conference and film projection in open air.
Organization: Azeville Battery - 0033 233 40 63 05 or musee.azeville@manche.fr
 
PICAUVILLE
11.00 a.m.: Mass and wreath laying in dedication to the civilian and military victims of the 1939-1945 period. In the church.
Organization: Association Patrimoine - tourisme.patrimoine@orange.fr
 
SAINT COME DU MONT
10.30 a.m.: Inauguration of the plaque in memory of LTC Wolverton, killed on the 6th of June
Organization: Townhall
 
SAINTENY
9.30 a.m.: Gathering, at the Townhall
Inauguration and ceremony at the Roserie Monument (at the end of the town, 2nd street, on the left)
Ceremony at the Forge Monument (D971, axe Periers-Carentan)
Reception in Sainteny, at the Townhall. Organization: Townhall
 
SAINTE MERE EGLISE
11.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m.: Music entertainment of the “Camion Jazz” with “Jazz-Unit Normandie”, “Glenn Project” and “la Fanfare Overlord”, in town.
 
UTAH BEACH
10.30 a.m.: Comanche ceremony with spectacle of dances and songs
 
Wednesday, 11th June
CARENTAN
Training of the Engineers soldiers from Angers on the harbor
 
Thursday, 12th June
CARENTAN
5.30 p.m.: Ceremony dedicated to civilian victims at the war memorial. Carentan was liberated on the 12th June 1944.
8.30 p.m.: Testimony evening. Organization: Patrick Fissot
 
UTAH BEACH
4 p.m.: Start of the “Ultra D-Day Trail” in Utah Beach. From 7 nations linked to D-DAY, 7 ultra-runners, unpaid top athletes will be associated to 5 soldiers from 5 prestigious academies to run 100 miles on the 5 D-Day beaches. Arrival is on the Friday, 13th June at 2 p.m. at the Memorial of Caen, after 10 check points.
 
Saturday, 14th May and Sunday, 15th of June:
SAINTE MERE EGLISE
During the day: 6th Book show « History and Memories »: More than 50 national and regional authors. At the townhall. (to be confirmed)
Organization: Communauté de Communes and Libraries
 
During several days:
 
From Sunday, 25th of May till Monday, 30th of June
PICAUVILLE
Exhibition of Pont-l’Abbé-Picauville photos before 1944 and now, with commentaries. A the salle T. Porcella.
Organization: Association Patrimoine - tourisme.patrimoine@orange.fr
 
From Friday, 30th May till Sunday, 1st June
HEMEVEZ
Local choir festival on the theme of Peace and Freedom at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Organization: Association of Heritage preservation and Townhall - 0033 645 63 88 39 or jeanmarjoly50@gmail.com
 
From Friday, 30th of May till Saturday, 30th  of August
SAINT CÔME DU MONT
Exhibition “The greatest Generation Memorial Exhibit 2” and the Stars & Stripes newspaper in Normandie, in the presence of Captain Mc Namara (Chief of Stars & Stripes Detachment 1 in Normandy in June 1944).
A special Stars & Stripes will be edited by the newspaper that still exists and will be available during the exhibition.
At the D-Day Paratrooper Historical Center, Dead Man’s Corner Museum: 0033 233 42 00 42 or www.paratrooper-museum.org
 
From Wednesday, 4th till Sunday, 8th June
SAINT COME DU MONT
10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Authors’ dedication time:
 Ian Gardner, with his book on the story of the 3rd Battalion of the 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne. (In presence of the Veteran Jim “Pee Wee” Martin)
 Michel de Trez: with his book “Carentan 1944”
 Phil Nordyke, with his book about the Medal of Honor and Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) recipients for the 1944 feat of battles. (to be confirmed)
 Antonin Dehays, with his book about the temporary military cemeteries in Sainte Mère Eglise, Normandy
 Philippe Esvelin, with his book on the US glider’s pilots
 Gilles Vallée, with his book about the stick of LTC Wolverton
At the D-Day Paratrooper Historical Center, Dead Man’s Corner Museum: 0033 233 42 00 42 or www.paratrooper-museum.org
 
Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday, 8th June
Animation on the theme “Women in the war” in Quinéville, at the Mémorial de la Liberté Retrouvée: several animations such as photo and uniform exhibition…
 
Saturday, 2nd and Sunday, 3rd August:
National meeting of liberated towns on the theme « Free France » in St Martin de Varreville. 109 liberated towns, 109 townhalls et 109 flags will be there.
Official ceremony in St Martin de Varreville, at the Leclerc Monument (time to be determined).
Organization: Townhall
 
Saturday 2nd August
8.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m.: Military fair in open air at the Leclerc Monument. Organization: association Timberwolves - Tel: 0033 608 45 24 65 or ballesterbarth@aol.com
 
Sunday 3rd August
9.45 a.m. : Gathering of the soldiers, standard bearers and Mayors
10.15 a.m. : Welcome to civilian and military VIP, flag raising, speeches, wreath laying, medal ceremony, stone baptisme, inauguration of the historical board of the 2nd Armoured Division of Leclerc and the Rochambelle Monument, flight of doves, link ceremony and song of the 2nd AD march 11.30 a.m.: Mass in open air by the Holly Mother of Peace father and the 2nd AD chaplain (atmosphere of the 1940’s mass)
1.00 p.m.: Reception following the ceremony
1.30 p.m.: Lunch. Booking at the townhall - mairie.stmartin-varreville@orange.fr
30 € /person

Reconstruction of Military Camps
 
Saturday, 31th till Tuesday, 10th June
Ecausseville: US Camp at the Airship Hangar with the ANCM44. Exhibitions, demonstrations, military vehicle tours on site…
ANCM44 : 0033 687 80 58 92 or ancm44@orange.fr
Airship Hangar : 0033 233 08 56 02 or belin@aerobase.fr
 
Saturday, 31st May - Sunday, 15th June :
Brucheville: US Camp at Mr and Mrs Champagne, la Rive - 0033 233 20 02 67 or champagne.michel50@orange.fr
 
Saturday, 31st till Monday, 9th June:
Carentan: Arizona Camp, route Américaine.
Reconstruction of a US camp with animations: US mail, field hospital, etc.
Parade of 70 Harley Davidson of the 1940’s. Concert.
Organization: CAPA association - ass.capa@yahoo.fr
 
Sunday, 1st till Sunday, 8th June:
Sainte Mère Eglise: Geronimo Camp, at the Airborne Museum
Re-enactment of the Airborne troops in Normandy with 150 participants and 70 vehicles
Several animations.
Organization: Airborne Museum - 00 33 233 41 41 35 or infos@airborne-museum.org
 
From Sunday, 1st till Sunday, 8th June
Saint Côme du Mont:
Reconstruction of a US Military Camp of the 82nd AB (Les Diables Rouges 508, Freedom’s Angels and an English group) around a US WACO glider scale model (at scale 1).
At the D-Day Paratrooper Historical Center, Dead Man’s Corner Museum: 0033 233 42 00 42 or www.paratrooper-museum.org
 
From Tuesday, 2nd till the Tuesday, 10th June
Méautis: Bloody Gulch Camp at Manoir de Donville
 
Thursday, 5th - Sunday, 8th June :
Sainte Marie du Mont: Reconstruction of a US Military Camp, on the church’ square.
Dioramas and workshop: exhibition of mechanics, first-aid post, headquarter, gendarmerie and MP, mortar and Cal. 30
Organization: Club du Souvenir Militaire - 0033 233 71 56 54 or leholdy@orange.fr
 
 
 


Several ceremonies and events are not completely defined, so do not hesitate to watch regularly the updates of our web site or contact the Tourist Office later on.



 
Any further information:

Tourist Office of Sainte Mère Eglise

6 rue Eisenhower
50480 Sainte Mère Eglise
Tél : +33 (0)2.33.21.00.33
Fax : +33 (0)2.33.21.53.91
Web : www.sainte-mere-eglise.info
 

Centre paroissial (Marche Internationale pour la Paix)
02.33.41.41.48
http://saintemereeglise50.cef.fr
Association « Picauville se souvient »
Contact : M. DENNEBOUY Denis
02.33.41.02.48 / charles.dennebouy@orange.fr
Us Normandie Mémoire et Gratitude
Contact : M. BRIARD Daniel
02.33.52.63.27 ou 06.77.65.04.23 / danielbriard@hotmail.fr 
Association Timberwolves (Bourse Militaire Ste Mère Eglise)
Contact: M. BALLESTER 06.08.45.24.65
Association pour la sauvegarde de l'église d'Angoville au Plain
Contact : M. Hamchin 02.33.42.05.07
AVA
Maurice RENAUD, President
Michelle COUPEY, VP
Contact : ava50480@gmail.com
Michelle Couppey : 02.33.41.72.76
Audrey Hasley : 06.72.42.21.94
Comité des fêtes de Chef du Pont
Contact : M. CUQUEMELLE Yves
02.33.41.44.87
Musée du Débarquement à Utah Beach
02.33.71.53.35 / www.utah-beach.com
Musée Airborne
02.33.41.41.35 / www.airborne-museum.org
Association « Les amis du Jour J d’Utah Beach »
Contact : M. DELPATRY Robert
02 33 71 53 18 ou 06 81 65 87 59
MVCG Bretagne (reconstitution du camp US à Ste Mère Eglise)
Contact: M. Menguy
02.96.73.32.58 / menguybruce@gmail.com
Boutique du Holdy à Ste Marie du Mont (reconstitution du camp US à Ste Marie du Mont)
Contact : M. Tanne
02.33.71.56.54 / leholdy@orange.fr
C-47 Club Normandy Chapter
Contact : Alain HOLLEY
06.51.23.25.35
c-47clubnormandychapter
@hotmail.fr
  
   





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