The 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy
From February through August, 2014, Normandy will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy with due splendor and emotion.
Marking the recapture of Europe and the end of Nazi reign, this occasion remains today a symbol of freedom and communion both nationally and internationally. With the Allied Forces uniting troops from 16 countries and the additional support of 28 others, it was indeed a worldwide effort.
In France, where special events for the occasion will take place, June 6th is recognized as a holiday and national monuments are adorned with flags and flowers. For the 70th anniversary of the landing, France and the Normandy region in particular have put together a comprehensive events program to bring the memory of this tragic period of world history to life, all the while emphasizing the spirit of hope.
Events held by the Juno Beach Centre
The Juno Beach Centre, a Canadian museum and cultural centre in Normandy, will be holding several special events in remembrance of Canada's participation in the landings.
- Additions to Juno Park visits
Visits led by Canadian guides will allow you to discover the story of the D-Day landings while walking on the beach along the remains of the Atlantic Wall, including the bunkers in front of the museum. Starting on April 1st, 2014, as part of the guided tours, the tunnels leading to the German command post onsite used in 1944 will be opened to the public.
- New film - "They Walk With You"
This new 12-minute film entitled "They Walk with You" will immerse you in the Canadian D-Day experience during the Battle of Normandy.
- Temporary exhibit - "Grandma, what was it like during the War?"
This exhibit, conceived and created by the Juno Beach Centre especially for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, tells the story of Norman and Canadian civilians (specifically children) from 1940 to 1944. The exhibit will be open starting on February 1st, 2014.
- D-Day Commemorative Ceremony
Pending official information, the Juno Beach Centre will very likely be closed to the public on June 5th and 6th, 2014 while official ceremonies take place and therefore visits should be planned before or after these dates. Once more information becomes available it will be available on the Juno Beach Centre's official website.
- 14 cities and towns of Calvados during the war, 1943-1945 (March- August 2014)
This traveling photographic exhibition will run in 14 municipalities of the department, commemorating the sacrifice of civilians during the Battle of Normandy and illustrating the tremendous momentum that led to the reconstruction of the Calvados in each of the towns.
- Children in 1945, War and Insouciance (April 1st - September 30th, 2014)
This exhibition at Festyland Park will consist of 20 giant photographs displayed on large easels with a focus on the lives of children during the war.
- The township of Tinchebray to its liberation (May 4th, 2014)
This exhibition on two sites will consist of photos, film, archives, small items and historical re-enactments in the community of Tinchebray.
- Allies, enemies and afterwards? (May 17th- November 30th, 2014)
This exhibition examines Cherbourg’s international relations and identity rebuilding after the Second World War based on archival and iconographic documents, as well as objects from Cherbourgeoises collections.
Documentaries and films
- Film screenings (March - August 2014)
One evening per month will be dedicated to the theme of the Battle of Normandy, with alternation between fiction, archives and documentary films.
- Screening of “The Release of the Canton of Livarot” (June 6th, 2014)
The community of Livarot will present the film “The release of the Canton of Livarot” at the cinema Le Parc, a 52-minute documentary based on interviews with people who experienced the liberation of the territory.
- Military Vehicle Parade (June 7th, 2014 at 2:00 pm)
As part of the Normandy D-Day Festival, the Military Vehicle Conservation Group (MVCG) will show the most beautiful pieces of their collection during a parade through the streets of Grandcamp-Maisy and Isigny-sur-Mer, an event that is sure to delight lovers of military vehicles and history!
- Concert For Freedom (June 5th, 2014)
This musical event for all audiences will celebrate the reconciliation of peoples, human rights, peace and freedom through orchestral and choral performances.
- Cinema-theatre show with nightly battlefield tours June 5th - 15th, 2014
Through cinema and theatre, this show will recount the night of June 5th to 6th, 1944 as experienced by civilians with an interactive tour of the battlefield and its remnants. The show will begin with a jazz concert.
- Blaze of the Coast (June 5th, 2014 at 11p.m.)
24 intense, rhythmic, fully automated and synchronized fireworks on all 24 major landing sites along the Normandy coast.
- The Freedom Tournament (June 7th, 2014)
The first international soccer game in liberated France took place on July 14th, 1944 in Courseulles-sur-Mer. The Côte de Nacre Football Club offers the chance to relive the event through an international soccer tournament, with 64 teams and almost 1,000 children participating.
- Freedom Tattoo Military Music Festival (June 7th - 9th, 2014)
The Military Music Festival brings together about 650 French, Belgian, Canadian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, British, American and German musicians at the Zénith de Caen.