Due to the Covid-19 crisis, the ceremonies devoted the 76th anniversary of the landing on June 6, 1944 and the battle of Normandy this year in small groups.
No major challenge for the year to commemorate June 6, 1944. The 76th anniversary of the landing and Battle of Normandy takes place without public, on June 6, due to the Covid-19 crisis, with the opening of the only air service in Patrouille de France, we were told on Thursday.
The international ceremony, the highlights of the memorials, will take place on Saturday at 2:30 pm at the National Guard monument in Vierville-sur-Mer, one of the five landing beaches, Calvados prefecture told AFP.
Passage of Patrouille de France
Unlike the crowds and the celebration of the 75th D-Day, which had gathered many heads of state last year, this ceremony, which will not exceed an hour, will take place without an audience, by invitation, in the presence of Geneviève Darrieussecq , State Secretary to the Minister of Defense. Unlike last year, no veteran will be present or any family member.
“Patrouille de France will start and make a pass, but this is not a show,” said the prefect of Calvados, who is keen to avoid any sort of gathering.
Nine Defense Ambassadors or Attachés are announced, including the US, UK, Canada, Denmark, Poland and Germany.
Accredited journalists must “wear a mask and protect their microphone from the press point,” the prefecture said in a press release.
76th anniversary of the landing: smallest ceremonies and no audience
Re-broadcast on social networks
In Caen, the number of memorials has been reduced to one, scheduled for 10:30 in front of the memorial, again without audience and with respect for physical distance.
Another will also be organized in a small committee in Courseulles-sur-Mer to pay tribute to Canadian soldiers as well as to Sainte-Mère-Église and Carentan-les-Marais, who inaugurated their place on Thursday quatrejoursenjuin.com. Most of these ceremonies will be broadcast on social media Twitter and Facebook.
The US military cemeteries will be open, with a limit on the number of visitors, the American Battle Monuments Commission announced, which is responsible for their maintenance. Visitors who want to go to the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, which runs along Omaha Beach, must book their tickets in advance on the internet.
In Bayeux, the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy opens again from Friday. However, the Caen Memorial will reopen on June 20.