Firs of all, an observation : this 75th birthday touched the heart of the entire museum team. The meeting of many veterans, the visitors touched by their visit and who absolutely want to share it with us at the end of the tour, the people who shared their passion and knowledge within the museum just for fun…, the visit of personalities and their thank-you speeches as a mark of recognition for their daily work, the media present who took it to heart to follow each event, the donations of the children or grandchildren of the men who roamed Normandy 75 years ago… All these moments and many others touched and moved us. Thank you all!
From Saturday, June 1st to Sunday, June 8th, the unmissable Camp Geronimo took place. This reconstruction of a camp gathering American airborne troops was once again a great success, thanks in particular to the presence of 10 tanks and other period vehicles. Thanks to the enthusiasts who came to the camp, the camp was more alive than ever through all these reconstituted camp posts.
The meeting with each of the many veterans. The museum had the honour of welcoming veterans for a visit to the museum. For some, the museum has even become their base camp for a lunch break or simply to restThe visit of John Kerry and Prince Albert II of Monaco. John Kerry, former Secretary of State of Barack Obama, has some what disrupted the announced schedule by showing up on June 5 at 7pm instead of 11am. The time of his arrival allowed him to enjoy a very private visit. For Prince Albert II of Monaco, it was a crowd bath. Very attentive and interested, he was able to benefit from the historical comments of Magali Mallet, the museum’s director. He also wanted to bring back a souvenir of his visit: an 82nd Airborne cap.
Saturday, June 8 was the day of the ceremony in honour of Dwight D. Eisenhower to mark the 50th anniversary of his death. Her granddaughter Susan Eisenhower was present, she wanted to pay tribute to her grandfather and it was done, the emotion invaded us all.
During the American Soldiers’ Evening on Tuesday, June 4, veteran Georges Ciampa screened his film in front of American soldiers alongside other veterans, to which was added a moment of exchange between these heroes of yesterday and today.
Throughout these 10 days, the museum benefited from extensive media coverage thanks to the arrival of many French and foreign television channels, as well as radio and newspapers. It was a close collaboration between the media and the Airborne Museum in the common interest. Among these media we find TF1, France 2, NBC news, CBS news, Fox news, France Bleu, Tendance Ouest, Presse de la Manche, Ouest France.