2019 is the year of a great birthday, the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. This event promises to be rich in animations and emotions. Indeed, in June 2019, all Normandy will be mobilized. As every year but with an intensity worthy of the event, Sainte-Mère-Eglise will be the must-see place to celebrate the regain freedom.

Below you will find the pre-program of festivities established in collaboration with the city of Sainte-Mère-Eglise and the Airborne Museum. This calendar will be expanded this next weeks but you will already find the highlights of this anniversary of the D-Day as well as information about the traffic in Sainte-Mère-Eglise during the festivities.

PREPROGRAM OF THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE D-DAY LANDINGS IN SAINTE-MÈRE-ÉGLISE

From May 6th to 27th : Photo exhibition “Shooting of The longest day” and photos of the D-Day landing at the media library

Friday May 10th : Choir of Roanoke in the church of Sainte-Mère-Eglise

May 18 from 7pm to 11pm: Night at the Airborne Museum (as part of the European Museum Night), reduced rates for all.

The French SAS (Special Air Service) in Brittany during the Overlord operation: reenactment, fun and participative presentation.

Saturday, May 25th :

  • International Peace Walk between Utah Beach and Sainte-Mère-Eglise
  • 11th edition of Book Fair

Saturday 1st to Sunday 9th June: Camp”Geronimo”. reconstruction of a military camp. It featuring the American airborne troops in Normandy. Presence of 9 tanks.

Many activities on site:

  • Comments around a “sand table”: relief model on which the officers establish their military strategy.
  • Medical evacuation station (wounded support, diagnosis, surgical operations)
  • Demonstration of the equipment of the American parachutists as well as glidermen (soldiers transported by glider)
  • Presentation of an air defense unit : anti-aircraft armored vehicles (M16) and searchlights
  • Dynamic demonstration of American heavy vehicles of military engi neers (GMC Leroy, Broakway and Pacific)
  • Mechanical workshop of vehicles
  • Presentation of a Red Ball Express unit : Freight transport route to combat units
  • Commented exhibition of demolition and demining equipment

Saturday, June 1st:

  • Electric car rally organised by the SDEM (Syndicat départemental d’énergie de la manche)
  • International Concert for Peace in the church of Sainte-Mère-Eglise
  • 8:30 pm: Screening of the film “The girl who wore freedom” with the film team at the Airborne Museum. FreeOne little girl’s story exemplifies the bravery and heroism exhibited in those early days of June 1944 and clearly shows why the United States takes part in protecting and liberating any who are oppressed. Her name is Dany Patrix, and she was The Girl Who Wore Freedom.

Sunday, June 2nd, between 9:30 am and 11 am and from 4:30 pm to 6 pm : Presentation of more than 60 military Harley Davidson dating from the 1940s (WLA, WLC).

Monday, June 3rd, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm: Military fair

Tuesday, June 4th,

  • 02:30 pm: Lecture “Chaplains of the D-Day landings” by Reverend Tom Wilson. Bilingual English / French

The Allied Chaplains of the American, British and Canadian armies in the battle for Normandy are often overlooked due to their small numbers in relation to the thousands of other men who made up the Allied armies in the battle. However, they were highly respected and appreciated by the men in the various units they served, as well as being incredibly brave men who were forbidden by the rules of war from carrying any sort of weapon into battle, beyond their holy books and their faith. Allied Chaplains suffered the second highest loss rate of any group in World War II (second only to that of RAF Bomber Command) and were virtually irreplaceable due to the academic and religious training that took years to complete.

  • 5pm: Inauguration of the C-47 42-100876 aircraft memory panel. This plane crashed on June 6, 1944, rue de Richedoux (at Hôtel Le Sainte-Mère).
  • 8:30 pm: American Soldiers’ Evening at the Airborne Museum: screening of the film of Veteran Georges Ciampa

Wednesday, June 5th:

  • From 10h to 12h around the church square: Exhibition of military vehicles (7 tanks, 20 vehicles)
  • 10 am: English conference by Philippe Esvelin “Gliders of the Americans of the D-Day”. Airborne Museum, included in the entrance fee.
  • 8 pm: Screening of the Film “mother of Normandy” in the presence of the film director
  • From 10:45 pm on the site of La Fière: Animated and commented demonstration of a group of 16 pathfinders (duration about 30 minutes). (Pathfinders = paratropopers in charge of indicating the drop zones in the early hours of D-Day)
  • 15 pm: French conference by Philippe Esvelin “Gliders of the Americans of the D-Day”. Airborne Museum, included in the entrance fee.

Thursday 6th to Monday, June 10th: Inter-army village

Thursday, June 6th:

  • From 10h to 12h around the church square: Exhibition of military vehicles (7 tanks, 20 vehicles)
  • 14h: Animated and commented demo of a group of paratroopers ready to board for Normandy
  • 4pm: Ceremony at the stele of Alexandre Renaud
  • 4pm30 : Memorial Service
  • 5pm30: ceremony at the AVA monument
  • 6pm: Precision skydiving jump on the church square
  • 6pm30: Peace concert on the stage, church square

Friday ,June 7th:

  • 9am: Ceremony at the Stele of the 3 temporary cemeteries and Inauguration
  • 9:30 am: Remembrance Mass
  • 10:45 am: Commemorative ceremony at the Monument Signal
  • 10:35 am: Wreath laying at milestone zero in honour of civilian casualties
  • 11:45 am: Flowering at the stele of Generals Gavin and Ridgway
  • 15 pm: French conference by Eric Belloc “US paratroopers”. Airborne Museum, included in the entrance fee.
  • 7pm: Freedom Banquet at the covered market
  • 9pm – 10:15 pm : “Jazz vadrouille” on stage
  • 10:30 -11:30 pm : ladies for Liberty

From Saturday 8 to Monday 10 June: Demonstrations of the French Association for Humanitarian Demining  at the Airborne Museum:

  • Demonstration of a demining site as it is used today
  • Presentation of historical and current ammunition to show technical developments
  • a period demining photographic exhibition

Saturday, June 8th:

  • 9am : Precision skydiving jump on the church square
  • From 9am to 8pm: Parade with 3,000 musicians (NYPD pipes and drums, sound of the rockies, Fame: all american show choir and many others)
  • From 11:15pm on the camp Geronimo: Use of searchlights of anti-aircraft search as well as anti-aircraft protection vehicles

Sunday, June 9th:

  • From 10h to 12h around the church square: Exhibition of military vehicles (7 tanks, 20 vehicles)
  • From 11am: Great military and historic parachute drops at Sainte-Mère-Eglise, La Fière. Historic parachute jumps of men in original uniform and Military parachute jumps with American, German, English paratroopers (more than 1,000 military paratroopers and 30 aircraft)
  • 2pm-3pm: Radio hook from the 40s to 50s. Public Award with applause meter
  • 3:15 -4:15 pm : Ladies for liberty
  • 4:30-5:30pm : Mr Ribouldingue sings Peace
  • From 6pm: Great parade for the return of the troops with a parade of period military vehicles in the presence of about twenty veterans
  • 8:30 pm – 10 pm: Musical entertainment with Mimile and his Ramulots
  • 10:15-11:30pm: Musical entertainment with Les refrains d’abord
  • From 23:30: Fireworks

Monday, June 10th :

  • All day: Screening of the film “The girl who wore freedom” all day long at the Airborne museum. The film team will be present in the afternoon.
  • 11am: Meeting on the stage of the MAY, ESCHER and STEELE families
  • 11:30 am -12:30pm : Musical entertainment with the Harmony of the Sottevastaise Star
  • 12pm: Normandy Day Picnic
  • 12:30pm : Musical entertainment with Howlin’ Fox
  • 02:30pm : German Choir “Voices for Shared Peace”
  • 3:15 pm: “La Libération” show presented by the cabaret Le Tambour
  • 4:30pm : American Show Equestrian Show (on the equestrian field)

 

CIRCULATION / PARKINGS

Closing around the church square from the 5th to the 10th of June morning.

Car parks will be created especially in Sainte-Mère-Eglise a few steps from the entertainment venues.