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Subject Topic: 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings
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Message posted by daleswalker on 06/2/2014 at 10:44am
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Please read post below, created by JD6E at 13/4/2014 at 12:45pm , regarding Important Information regarding visiting Normandy during the D Day Celebrations

Hi All,

We've just booked up to be in Normandy over the anniversary week (staying at Le Brevedent again!!).  I was just wandering if anybody knows of any specific celebratory events that are taking place around the British beaches.  All the 70th Anee websites speak in general terms but don't really mention actual events.

I'm a forces veteran and would like to pay my respects, maybe even don my blazer and medals (don't get many chances anymore!!!).

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

DW


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Would there be anything on the British Legion website?

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David,

Surprisingly little on the RBL site, lots of generic trips arranged by regional branches but no a lot else which I find fairly disappointing!

Thanks anyway .

DW


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There are to be 'celebrations' on Sword beach on the 6th June - The choice of the Sword Beach sector for holding the international ceremony on June 6th 2014 will also enable fitting tribute to be paid to the 177 men of Kieffer’s Commando Battalion, who were the only French soldiers to take part in ground operations on D-Day, alongside their British comrades.

I think you'll find plenty going on everywhere you go.  There are plenty of websites if you search in French - here's one, with pages and pages of events just around St Mere Eglise, from early May until August.  There's a link to click to get the programme in English.

From personal experience of being in France, over the 'normal' Remembrance Day' in November, there are events and parades in every small village - and they are taken very seriously indeed and most are quite moving.  We've seen them in Perpignan, in the Deux Sevres area, and in Millas, a small town near our friend's house in the Aude, a couple of years ago, the whole town stood still for the two minute silence - and I mean the whole town.  Not a car moved, not a child made a noise - it was just incredible.


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Just another thought - get in touch with the nearest Office du Tourisme to your campsite - I'm sure they'll be only too pleased to help.  We've had great service after enquiring about bus timetables in Valence and shops for people with gluten intolerance in Aubenas!

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Thank you Val, very useful.

We've been to most of the memorial sites before but never during the anniversary week, we're looking forward to it immensely. I fully expect it to be a moving and humbling experience.

I've lost count of the amount of rememberance services I've been to and the Last Post never fails to choke me up!

Thanks again!

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Have you been to Ypres for the daily Last Post ceremony at 8.00 pm?   Half the audience there was in tears when we were there last year!

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I imagine there will be a parachute drop at Ranville on the morning of the 6th, I was lucky enough to jump there on the 20th aniversary, and there was certainly a jump on the 50th aniversary

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Have a look here We stayed at L'etang des Haizes a few years ago and there was a camp set up with vintage vehicles and people dressed in military uniform etc just outside La Haye du Puits.

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Been to Arromanche on the sixth, and it was the most moving ceremony we have ever attended. After parking at the circulars cinema , as we walked down into Arromanche there was music from the war playing over a loudspeaker. There were vehicles from that time driving around and the veterans seated in front of the museum. It is very definitely worth going to .

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Thanks all for so many replies, I think we'll try for Arromanches on the 6th and play it by ear for the rest of the week.

Once again UKCS members to the rescue!!!

DW.


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http://dday70.wordpress.comworth a look .

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http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/guides/france/d-day-70th-anniversary/events

Brittany ferries have a useful link.

Also have a look at Lisieux when you are there, we have encountered reunion events. The town was 2/3 rds destroyed on D-Day, totally tragic.

No doubt Raph or more likely Nicole on reception at Le B will have a load of info.

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On the 50th anniversary of D Day I met up with some Airborne glider vets and was invited to attend the ceremony at the war memorial that evening In Honfleur, very moving.
British Airborne troops took the town at dusk but no one noticed until the Free Belgians arrived the next morning, there has been a dispute as to who liberated the town ever since.
One of the Belgian veterans asked me why the British Army had based them in Wales for training, I suggested it might be something to do with the weather in Wales.

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Important Information regarding visiting Normandy during the D Day Celebrations

There have been some developments this week with the FCO launching a page about the comemorations https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/accreditation-and-funding-for-d-day-70-commemorations-in-france
The most important of these developments is that you will need accreditation even to be in the area. Huge crowds and many heads of state are expected so the whole area will be within a cordon with road blocks etc.
Veterans can apply to the UK Government for accreditation but other members of the public have to apply to the French authorities. At present there is no way of doing this! With less than 7 weeks to go it's cutting things a little fine I think.
We planned to attend some of the ceremonies and then move on from our campsite just outside Bayeux. It looks like we will need accreditation to even access our camp site.
Here is a useful map of the restricted area Map


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My husband was a Lay Clerk at Portsmouth cathedral 20 years ago when they had the 50 year celebrations. It was the most amazing day, Bill Clinton, all the Royal family etc were there. Truly was a tear jerker.

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