The 6th June 2014 will mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. This mile-stone anniversary will almost certainly be the last one attended by witnesses and war veterans. It will also give French people the opportunity to thank British, American and Canadian people once again for their support during the Second World War and for liberating the country as well as the rest of Europe from the Nazis.
From 5th June to 21st August 2014, the Normandy region will organise events and ceremonies which should be unveiled in the next few weeks. This year the French Deputy Minister of Defence announced that the official ceremony of the 70th anniversary will take place at Sword beach on 6th June 2014, at the very place where the British Army fought during the Battle of Normandy. Juno and Omaha beaches will also host respective bi-national ceremonies. Many Heads of State and visitors are expected to attend these important events.
What to do in Normandy?
The region will facilitate access to museums and famous sites so visitors can learn about Normandy’s history. You will be able to walk along the beaches where around 3 million soldiers fought and where 90,000 died almost 70 years ago.
You will be able to visit all the museums and sites dedicated to the D-day, for example the famous Atlantic Wall Museum in the former American archery centre situated in Ouistreham, or the Liberation Museum (Musée de la Libération), situated on the top of the Roule Mountain at 117 metres altitude. Additionally, many companies offer D-Day tours all year long, with different options to suit your plans: half-day, full-day, or 2-day tours in Jeep Willys 1943, the iconic ATVs of the Second World War.
The region of Normandy is full of history with a rich cultural and artistic heritage thanks to its breathtaking sites like Mont-Saint-Michel and its astounding cities such as Bayeux and Honfleur. Testament to this, every year approximately 5 million visitors come to visit the region. If you want to support the D-Day beaches candidacy to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage, you can sign the petition via this website: www.liberte-normandie.com
How to come to Normandy?
- By train: There are major train stations in the cities of Caen, Le Havre, Cherbourg, Lisieux and even Bayeux with direct connections to Paris.
- By plane: Cherbourg, Caen, and Deauville-Normandie airports offer connections to and from the UK.
- By boat: Brittany Ferries and Condor Ferries have crossings from Caen, Le Havre and Cherbourg to Portsmouth and Poole.
- By car: Thanks to the Northern France motorways internet website, you can calculate your itinerary and the duration of your journey.
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