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In June 2019, the Manche will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Landings. To celebrate this event, to honor the veterans and the memory of their brothers in arms, many events are organized from April to the end of the year. Exhibitions, ceremonies, parachuting, re-enactments, film festivals, inaugurations of monuments are also intended, for the Department, to develop the transmission of memory especially among the youngest.

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Your D-day events from APRIL to the end of 2019

FOR YOUR ATTENTION: dates and places may change, this page does not constitute the complete and final program of events. Remember to check with local tourist offices.

The events in partnership or carried by the departmental council are indicated thanks to this logo.


In APRIL: your events to celebrate the D-Day and the Liberation of Europe

April to December – Structures # 75e in Carentan-les-Marais, Sainte-Mère-Église and Utah-Beach


From April 1st to May 9th – Exhibition “Children in the Resistance” in Canisy

Exhibition / workshop at the media library. Exhibition in partnership with the departmental library of La Manche.



10 Rue Jean Follain – 50750 Canisy

02 33 05 19 86


From April 15 to September 23 – Exhibition of veteran portraits in Saint-Lô “Chemin de mémoire et de la reconnaissance”

19 portraits of veterans will be exhibited in the courtyard of the Maison du Département in Saint-Lô. On June 5, several of these veterans will be received at the House of the Department to make them discover their portrait.


Maison du Département

Rond-point de la liberté – 50000 Saint-Lô

Free access – Monday to Friday, 08:30 to 18:00


From April 19th to May 15th – Exhibition “Children in the Resistance” in Donville-les-Bains

Exhibition / workshop at the media library. Exhibition in partnership with the departmental library of La Manche.



2 Rue de la Passardière – 50350 Donville-les-Bains

02 33 51 79 31


From April 22 to May 31 – Exhibition of commemorative photos in the stations of the french West

Large-format photo exhibition of commemorations since 1946 in the Parisian stations of Saint-Lazare and Montparnasse and in different Norman railway stations.


From 25th to 28th April, figurines exhibition in Folligny

Presence of Liberation vehicles, US encampment, documentary films.


Salle des fêtes

 35 Rue du Carrefour Bailly – 50320 Folligny

free – from 9h to 12h and from 14h to 18h


From 27 April permanent exhibition “Cherbourg … And freedom comes from the sea” in Cherbourg

Exhibition of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day completed with new museographic presentations. This exhibition will be visible at the Cité de la Mer.


La Cité de la Mer

Gare Maritime Transatlantique – 50100 Cherbourg-en-Cotentin
Payant- Web site de La Cité de la Mer


From April 27 to September 29 – Guided tour of Saint-Lô

Guided tour “Reconstruction and test apartment of the 50s”

The guided tour will begin at the Museum of Fine Arts, go through the General de Gaulle Square designed by the architect Marcel Mersier, and end with a visit to a 1950s apartment.


Schedules and days of visit: from Tuesday to Sunday at 14h and 16h

In July and August, additional session at 11am from Tuesday to Friday

Location: from the Museum of Fine Arts to the sample apartment, rue du Belle-Saint-Lô

Price (including the free visit of the Museum of Fine Arts): full price € 6.00 – reduced price € 3.00

Plus d’infos : 02 33 72 52 55 / /


From April 28 to May 31 – “DoussièresS de mémoire” exhibition in Saint-Lô

An exhibition of drawings that raises the delicate question of the representation of the Shoah …

A project led by the association Mémoire vir (e) tuelle and the high school Le Verrier de St-Lô.


Hall of Saint-Lô Town Hall

Free entrance during the opening hours of the Town Hall

April 29 – A play in Saint-Lô

8 pm: Aftershave play.

This piece is located at the end of the war in Saint-Lô around Samuel Becket. Text and directed by Igor Futterer and with the students of 4eD Lavalley College of Saint-Lô


Maison de la vie associative de Saint-Lô


From April to October – Exhibition “a Norman farm in the war” in Sainte-Mère-Église

The farm-museum of Cotentin (Sainte-Mère-Église) will present in April the digital course “Farms under the Occupation” on tablets and smartphones. This course will show how, despite the restrictions and requisitions, agricultural work and cohabitation with the occupier were organized on the farms in Manchos. The place of the children of farm is also approached, in connection with the semi-permanent exhibition The small hands. Children on farms in Normandy.


Ferme Musée du Cotentin

50480 Sainte-Mère-Église – Tél : 02 33 95 40 20

Payant – Site de la Ferme musée du Cotentin


April to October – exhibition “From Vauban to the Atlantic Wall”

Presentation of the defensive systems of Fort Vauban, on Tatihou Island


Ile Tatihou

50550 Saint-Vaast-le-Houge – Tél : 02 33 54 33 33

Payant – Web site of île Tatihou



In May: your appointments to commemorate the D-day

From mid-May to December 31 – Photo call at Sainte-Mère-Église and Utah Beach


From May to September photo exhibitions commemorations in the municipalities


From May 1 to May 14 – Exhibition “Children in the Resistance” in Sauxemesnil

Exhibition / workshop at the media library. Exhibition in partnership with the departmental library of La Manche.



Place de la Mairie – 50700 Sauxemesnil

02 33 21 09 27


May 6-8 – The Hermione frigate in Cherbourg

The Hermione will dock in Cherbourg May 6 for 3 days to celebrate, in its own way, the 75th anniversary of June 6, 44. It is also on the theme “Normandy Freedom” that his trip 2019 is organized. First stop in Normandy for the famous replica of the frigate of the Marquis de la Fayette.
The public will be able to board and visit the ship. On the trading basin, entertainment will be organized on this occasion.

More information about the Hermione stopover


May 6 to 27 Photo exhibition of the film tour The longest day in Sainte-Mère-Église

The photos of the shoot will be completed with pictures of the landing. The exhibition will take place at the media library.



30 Rue Jean-François Oury – 50480 Sainte-Mère-Eglise

02 33 04 60 19


From May 6 to August 30 – “Deportes Street” Photo Exhibition at Carneville Castle

Exhibition of about forty photos of passersby in front of the street sign of the deportees of Metz. An opportunity to pay tribute to all those arrested, detained or tortured at Fort Queuleu, Metz.

Exhibition associated with a dance show “Les Petites Haines”, Saturday, June 22, 2019 


Castle of Carneville

5, le château –  50330 Carneville

Price and schedule on the castle french site


May 9 – Theater in Saint-Lô

8:30 pm: “Childhood in the Resistance” show at the Théâtre de Saint-Lô

Summary: How to talk about resistance to today’s teenagers? Commitment, freedom, sense of existence … so many themes that are still relevant today.


Theater of Saint-Lô

rue Octave Feuillet – 50000 Saint-Lô

Price: 11 to 13 €

Information and reservations: 02 33 57 11 49 /


May 9th, 10th and 11th – Roanoke Concerts at the American College Choir

Invitation of the university choir directed by Dr. Jeffrey Sandborg.

The concerts will take place May 9 in Avranches, May 10 in Sainte-Mère-Église and May 11 in Saint-Lô.


Information :


From May 15 to June 30 – Exhibition “Children in the Resistance” in Carentan-les-Marais

Exhibition / workshop at the media library. Exhibition in partnership with the departmental library of La Manche.

Meeting with the scenarist Vincent Dugommier Saturday, June 8 at 11am



Square Hervé Mangon – Carentan

02 33 42 74 25


May 15 to May 30 – Exhibition “Children in the Resistance” in Brix

Exhibition / workshop at the media library. Exhibition in partnership with the departmental library of La Manche.



13 Rue Bertin Mangon – 50700 Brix

02 33 03 58 62


From May 15 to June 30 – Exhibition “Children in the Resistance” in Mortain Bocage

Exhibition / workshop at the media library and meeting with the screenwriter: Vincent Dugommier. Exhibition in partnership with the departmental library of La Manche.



Rue Géricault – 50140 MORTAIN-BOCAGE (entrance through the cinema door)

02 33 59 75 65



May 17 to September 30 – Exhibition at the Museum of Art and History of Avranches around the Liberation of the South Channel

Exhibition around the theme “The liberation of the South Channel”. A book will be published following the exhibition.


Museum of Art and History

Place Jean-de-Saint-Avit – 50300 Avranches

Paid – Schedules and prices on the Avranches museum website


May 19 – Puccini’s Messa di Gloria at Saint-Lô stud farm

Concert with the vocal ensemble of Canisy and the musicians of the harmony band of Agneaux under the baton of the conductor Dominique Debart.

Puccini, born in 1858, composed his Messa di Gloria in 1880 at the age of 22. Also called Messa a quattro voci, it is a mass for orchestra and four-part choir with tenor soloists, baritone and bass.


Stud farm of Saint-Lô

437 rue du Maréchal Juin – 50000 Saint-Lô



From May 20th to June 8th – Exhibition on Mortain Reconstruction in Mortain-Bocage

The exhibition will take place in the city center at the ephemeral gallery


May 22 – Walk on the theme of Reconstruction- Saint-Hilaire-du Harcouët

15h: Walk on the theme of reconstruction by the CAUE Channel.

Appointment Place Delaporte


May 24 – Concert in Saint-Lô

8 pm: the musical workshop of Saint-Lô presents the concert “When men will live with love”


Salvador Allende Hall

4 Rue Saint-Thomas – 50000 Saint-Lô

Free participation


May 25 – The international peace march from Utah Beach to Carentan-les-Marais

10am: departure from Utah Beach – 5pm: arrival at Sainte-Mère-Église


Information : 02 33 41 41 48


May 25 – The 11th Book Fair “Stories and Memories” in Sainte-Mère-Église

Presence of about fifty authors. The show will take place in the village hall.


Village Hall

6 Rue du Cap de Laine –  50480 Sainte-Mère-Église

Information at the media library: 09 62 39 20 49 / 02 33 04 60 19


From May 25th to September 1st – 9th Biennale of the 9th Art: Jack Kirby, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin Super Heroes Gallery

An exhibition dedicated to Jack Kirby (1917 – 1994), creator of superheroes of the Marvel universe, at the Thomas Henri Museum.

Mobilized in 1942, Jack Kirby landed in August 1944 in Omaha Beach to join General Patton’s army. This episode of his life has deeply marked him and has subsequently greatly influenced his productions.


Museum Thomas Henri

Centre culturel Le Quasar – Esplanade de la Laïcité – 50100 Cherbourg-en-Cotentin

Paid – Information on the museum website


From May 28 to June 15 – Exhibition in Saint-Lô

Exhibition “Five branches of black cotton”. Exhibition of 60 original plates of the cartoon “Five branches of black cotton” focused on the Second World War, one of which episodes takes place during the Liberation of Saint-Lô. Comic artist Steve Cuzor will be present for a meeting with the public of the media library on Saturday, June 8 from 14:30.


Opening hours and days:

  • Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00 to 18:00
  • Wednesday and Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00

Location: media library – Saint-Lô

Free entry


May 31st and June 1st – Broadcast of the film Heroes of old Hickory in Mortain-Bocage

Broadcast of the film at 15h and 20h30.


Géricault Hall

Rue du Géricault – 50140 Mortain-Bocage


May 31 to June 12 – Reconstitution of a military camp “Bloody Gulch” in Méautis

Reconstitution of a military camp with American, German and civilian vehicles. Reconstituants in period clothes, grocery store of 1944 with refreshment room and possibility of lunch on the spot. Numerous demonstrations of fights with possibility of baptisms of vintage vehicles (paying).


Bloody Gulch

Manoir de Donville – 50500 Méautis

Paying animations

Unusual guided tour on reservation: ou


From May 25 to September – Exhibition “Childhood during the Liberation” in Saint-Lô

Exhibition of photographs on childhood in the Liberation in this anniversary year of the landing and the Liberation of France and Europe. The exhibition will take place at the Departmental Archives of La Manche, the House of History. 


Departmental Archives, House of History

103 Rue Maréchal Juin – 50000 Saint-Lô


From May 31 to June 9 “Commemo’s rangers” camp At the Hommet d’Arthenay

To be confirmed



In JUNE: the ceremonies and festivities of the anniversary of June 6, 44 in the Manche

1st half of June – Exhibition in Valognes

Exhibition on the occupation of Valognes at the Hotel Dieu.


June 1 – 9 km Hike “Memory Trail”

Historical guided hike of 9 km in the footsteps of paratroopers of the 101st Airborne in June 1944.

Held period allowed without a real or fake weapon.


Registration required at the tourist office: 02 33 21 00 33 ou

Paid (2 €)


June 1st – Guided tour of the Battle of Ecausseville

2.30 pm and 4.30 pm: guided tours with a lecturer to relive, on the scene of the fighting, the Battle of Ecausseville, on the side of the Americans, Germans and also on the side of the French.


Registration preferable: 02 33 08 56 02


June 1st – Inauguration of a stele in Macey

Stele as a tribute to General Patton’s army.


June 1st – Dedications in Carentan-les-Marais

11h: Denis Van den Brink’s “Caro’s Heroes” Dedication Session



Square Hervé Mangon – Carentan

02 33 42 74 25


June 1-9 – Reconstruction of an American military camp “Camp Géronimo” in Sainte-Mère-Église

Near the Airborne Museum, come and discover the camp Geronimo and its animations among which a PC radio of campaign, a workshop of heavy mechanics, stations of fights, vintage vehicles …


Camp Geronimo

Rue du Docteur Masselin – 50480 Sainte-Mère-Église


June 1 to 10 – Reconstitution of a camp “Old Abe Camp” in Carentan-les-Marais

The Currahee Commemo Airborne Group offers visitors to immerse themselves in an immersive atmosphere in the trenches, foxhols and mortar positions, and to present to all the material of the time, the daily life of the soldier on the front and the history of the place , combat zone of the 101st Airborne.


Free admission.

Open to the public at 10am without interruption.


From June 1st to 14th – Exhibition “Children in the Resistance” in Tamerville

Exhibition / workshop at the media library. Exhibition in partnership with the departmental library of La Manche.


Média library

25 Rue Henri Cornat – 50700 Tamerville

02 33 95 82 40


From June 1 to September 29 – Exhibition “objects tell the war” at the Museum of the Liberation of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin


Museum oh the Libération – Fort du Roule

Montée des Résistants – 50100 Cherbourg-en-Cotentin

For more details: The museum website 


June 1 to September 15 – Exhibition – West Coast Center Manche

Outdoor photography exhibition “All actors of their memory” in the villages of Lessay, The Hague and Périers. Another exhibition will take place in the Tourist Information Office of The Hague on “The War of the Hedges”.


Exhibition at the Tourist Information Office in The Hague

5 rue Emile Poirier – 50250 La Haye-du-Puits

Free. At office opening hours


June 2 – 15-kilometer hike from Sainte-Marie-du-Mont to Utah Beach

15 km of hiking with stops commented in Utah Beach and Sainte-Marie-du-Mont.


Registration required at the D-Day Museum: 02 33 71 53 35

Schedule to be defined


June 2 – exhibition of military vehicles and parade – De Bion in Mortain-Bocage

10:30 am: Bion exhibition of military vehicles including a Sherman tank

10h50: departure of the convoy towards Mortain

2.30 pm: Departure of the Mortain convoy, passing through the city center, towards the monument to the dead

4.30 pm: gathering in the car park of the little chapel before the dropping, at 17.40 from 7 paratroopers

17h: the site will be flown by 6 Hercules planes of the American army

7:15 pm: drink of friendship at the Cosec room in Mortain-Bocage

8:30 pm: Patriotic meal for 25 €


City Hall Mortain-Bocage : 02 33 79 30 30


June 2 to 7 – International Film Festival of the Second World War

Screenings of films and documentaries. Inauguration at Utah Beach with actors from the Band of Brothers series


Paid- Registration required

More information on web siteLatitude Manche


June 3 – Military Scholarship at Sainte-Mère-Église

From 8:30 am to 4 pm under the covered market


Covered market

1 Voie de la Liberté – 50480 Sainte-Mère-Église


June 3 – Ceremony for Peace in Carentan-les-Marais

18h: ceremony Place de la République


June 3 to 10 – Reconstitution of a Utah Memory Field Camp at Utah Beach

Historical gathering presenting in a playful and immersive way the army of yesterday and today. The various exhibitions on offer allow you to take a look at the events that took place in Utah Beach on June 6, 1944 and the days that followed. To see: reconstructions US, medical, naval, USAF, civil, resistant, …


Animations all week

Information at the Landing Museum: 02 33 71 53 35


June 3-10 – “Freedom for the Sea” Exhibition at Utah Beach

exhibition of Land Art objects with the participation of German and French college students.


June 3 to 12 – Welcoming 12 veterans to Portbail

Veterans welcomed by the association “Return veterans”. On June 5th, they will also be received at the Maison du Département to discover the exhibition “Path of Memory and Recognition”. 


From June 3rd to 28th – Exhibition in Villedieu-les-Poêles

“Souvenirs of campaigns”: exhibition of the combat suits of the American and German soldiers and the everyday objects at the time of the Reconstruction testifying of the Battle of Normandy and more precisely of the battle of Percy in 1944 (personal collection of Gabriel Bossard) .

During the same period, you will discover an exhibition and sale of arts and crafts on the theme of the D-Day: sculptures, accessories, decorative objects, photographs …


The 2 exhibitions are at the tourist office of Villedieu-les-Poêles

8 Place des Costils – 50800 Villedieu-les-Poeles

Schedules 7days / 7 from 9h30 to 13h and from 14h to 18h
Information on 02 33 61 05 69


June 4 – Inauguration of a Liberty monument at Servigny

Inauguration in the presence of Suzan Eisenhower.


June 4 visit of veteran Jack Port to Saint Pois

Jack PORT, American veteran who participated in the Liberation of Saint Pois and Honorary citizen of the town, comes to visit the kindergarten and primary school that bears his name since June 2018.

He will meet the children and teachers of the school.

A ceremony at the War Memorial will follow.


June 4 – The premiere of the film “The girl who wore Freedom” in Saint-Côme-du-Mont

This is a documentary prepared by an American for D-Day


Screening at 8 pm at the D-Day Experience Museum

2 Village de l’Amont – 50500 Saint-Côme-du-Mont

02 33 23 61 95


June 4 – Conference “The priests of the D-Day” at Sainte-Mère-Église

Conference hosted by Rev. Tom Wilson


Airborne Museum

14 Rue Eisenhower – 50480 Sainte-Mère-Église – 02 33 41 78 03

Bilingual Conference French / English


June 4 – Ceremony at Picauville

Ceremony at the USAF monument


USAF monument of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions
The Church – 50360 Picauville


June 4th 10h- Ceremony in Magneville


June 4 – Testimonies in Carentan-les-Marais

Testimonies “The children in the war” by Mr. Fréret, Mr. Challe and Mrs. His – Reading for the children of carentan-les-Marais


Média library

Square Hervé Mangon – Carentan

02 33 42 74 25

June 4 to June 9 – US Reconstruction Camps in Liesville-sur-Douve


Le Becquet

Marais des Pommiers – 50480 Liesville-sur-Douve

Free- Information : 06 06 71 56 56


June 4 to 10 – Exhibition of American medical equipment in Saint-Hilaire-Petitville


Exhibition at the village hall

6 Rue d’Isigny – 50500 Saint-Hilaire-Petitville

free- 06 81 30 13 86


June 5 – Veterans welcome in Saint-Lô for the exhibition “Path of Memory and Recognition”

Veterans will be welcomed at the Department House to view the photo exhibit of 19 veterans.


June 5 – Carentan celebrates: parachuting men in period dress, concert and fireworks

9h30: lecture “Genesis of the US Army” by Denis Van den Brink followed by the screening “the girl who wore Freedom”, theater – free – 06 07 91 65 66

11:30 am (schedule subject to change) parachuting of Ton Rice (veteran) with the parachutists of the Round Canopy Parachuting Team – overflight of 6 C47 aircraft and US troop parachutes from Boeing Bell CV-22, Saint-Côme -du -Mountain

9:30 pm: free concert by Nick Aaron (former Band of Brothers actor) with Nashville Exil, on the port

23:30: “Fireworks of Liberty” on the port

Musical entertainment and on-site catering.


Parachuting: Saint-Côme du Mont road

50500 Carentan-les-Marais

Parachuting subject to weather conditions


June 5 – Vintage Vehicles Exhibition at Sainte-Mère-Église

10h-12h: Exhibition of vintage military vehicles.


rue Koenig, rue de Gaulle, rue Eisenhower

50480 Sainte-Mère-Église


June 5 – Ceremony at the square of cabbages and the Signal monument in Carentan-les-Marais

4.30 pm: ceremony in the square of cabbages in the presence of American veterans. In honor of the American paratroopers of the 101st Airborne, in the presence of French, American, Dutch and German troops. Award of the Legion of Honor for some American veterans. With the participation of the children of the schools of the city. This ceremony will be followed by a military parade and vintage vehicles to go to Monument Signal.

5.30 pm: Ceremony at Signal Monument (opposite the City Hall)


Carré de choux – Route de Saint-Côme-du-Mont (face au magasin But)

Signal Monument– opposite the City Hall – Boulevard de Verdun

50500 Carentan-les-Marais


June 5 – Ceremony at the Monument of the 90th Division and 82nd Airborne at Gourbesville

10.00 am: ceremony at the monument of the 90th Infantry Division and 82nd American Airborne Division.


Monument to the 90th Division and 82nd Airborne

Le bourg – 50480 Gourbesville


June 5 – Ceremony at the 507th American Regiment monument in Amfreville

11.30 am: ceremony followed by a parachuting by the “operational fallers” of the US Special Forces.

Wine of honor at the village hall and on-site catering.


Monument of the 507th Regiment US

Rue du Motey – hameau Les Helpiquets – At the intersection of D126 and D130 – Amfreville

Information : 02 33 41 00 18 (City Hall)


June 5 – Parachuting in Saint-Germain-de-Varreville

11h15 or 19h: parachuting of men in period dress


June 5th – Bagpipe Concert in Liesville-sur-Douve

8:30 pm: bagpipe concert with the group “Somme Battlefield Pipe Band” at Saint Martin’s Church


June 5th – Evening concert in Foucarville

21h-22h: evening concert “Foucarville Bunker” with West Celtic Pipe and Drum


June 5 to June 9 – Reconstitution of a 101 Field Hospital in Hiesville

As early as June 6, 1944, La Colombière Castle housed the first American field hospital. The association HTB’44 rebuilds this camp.


50480 Hiesville

From 10h to 18h – Free

Information at the City Hall: 02 33 71 52 69

June 6 – Simultaneous ringing of the bells at noon


June 6 – Ceremony at the Major Dick Richard Winters monument in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

9:00 am: ceremony honoring airborne troops at Major Dick Richard Winters Monument, Utah Beach.

Major Dick Richard Winters commissioned the Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. He is one of the central characters in the Band of Brothers series. His role is then played by actor Damian Lewis.


Major Dick Richard Winters Monument

RD913 – 50480 Sainte-Marie-du-Mont


June 6 – Tribute to the Allies at the exact time of D-Day on the D-Day beaches

Join one of the gatherings with a simple flower in memory of the fallen soldiers on June 6, 44. So in the Channel rendezvous at 6:31, in Utah Beach, near the museum, in the extension of the barge Higgins.


June 6 – commemorative ceremonies in Saint-Lô

from 4.30 pm – 3 successive ceremonies: wall of the shots Tessy road – roundabout of June 6th then place de Gaulle in front of the departmental monument of the resistance.

At the reception reception in the lounges of the Hôtel de Ville

Final ceremony in the presence of the children’s choir of the school of Palliers, the class winner of the poetry contest launched by the Pep 50, American tourists accompanied by a veteran of the 29th DI US


June 6 – Sainte-Mère-Église celebrates D-Day

10 am-12pm: exhibition of vintage military vehicles

2 pm: paratroopers demonstrations (church square)

16h: ceremony at the A. Renaud stele

4.30 pm: Memorial service

5.30 pm: ceremony at the AVA monument

18h: precision jump, church square

8:30 pm: concert of peace, church square with the Baronnie choir.


June 6 – Land Art “Free the Sea” at Utah Beach

Presentation and opening on the landing beach, Utah Beach, of the realization of the young Germans of Anne Franck de Düren school. During their stay in Normandy students create a Land Art work using the framework and materials of nature (wood, earth, stones, sand, rocks ….).

Exhibition from June 6th to 10th.


June 6 and 7 – Reading excerpts from John Maginnis’s diary in Carentan-les-Marais

The readings take place at the library of Carentan-les-Marais

June 6: reading at 2 pm

June 7th: reading at 6 pm

John Maginnis was Carentan’s civil affairs officer in 1944.


Carentan-les-Marais Media Library

Square Hervé Mangon – 50500 Carentan-les-Marais


June 6 to 9 – Camp Arizona in Carentan-les-Marais

Reconstitution of an American military camp.


June 6 to 9 – The Normandy Airfield Camp in Lessay

The Normandy Airfield Camp is the only 100% event dedicated to landing air forces on an authentic 1944 “airfield”.

The program of this third edition: presentation of about fifty historic aircraft among which: C47 Dakota, P-51 Mustang, Boeing PT17, Vultee BT13, Texas American T6, Piper L4, and the exceptional presence of the only B17 bomber in flight status in Europe (subject to authorization). Baptisms in vintage planes and discovery flights. Embarkations of paratroopers in period outfits, historical parachute on the site, US camp … Passage of the patrol of France (additional info to come).

Sunday, June 9: A dinner concert “US air force” will be organized (reservation required);


Free access to the aerodrome.

Reservation of baptisms and more information on


June 6th to 10th – Young German Choir “Voices for shared peace! “

June 6 at 17h: Utah Beach concert of the German choir and the French choir composed of 25 students of the college Felix Buhot. The 2 choirs will perform their repertoire and will join at the end to sing the “European anthem” in German and French. The German choir is made up of students from the Anne Franck School in Düren.

June 7: Concert at the German cemetery of Huisnes-sur-Mer.

June 9 at 11am: Concert in La Fière followed by airdrops

June 10 at 2 pm: Concert in Sainte-Mère-Église 


June 6 to 10 – Joint Village at Sainte-Mère-Église

With the participation of the Air-Terre-Mer armies, the SDIS 50, the National Police and the National Gendarmerie.


The village will be Place de la Chenevière



June 7 to 9 – American Daye in Saint-Jean-de-Daye

During these 3 days, various events are organized: tribute to Major Towers, exhibitions, country dance, exhibition of American vehicles, gospel concerts, rock and jazz, unpackers and restorations, animations.


Organized by Les Arts de Daye and the Festival Committee
Contact :

Download the complete program in French


June 7 – Dakota Aircraft Flight on the Freedom Way

4 Dakota will fly over the Way of Liberty, on its Manchoise part, in the early afternoon.


June 7 – Sainte-Mère-Eglise in celebration

9am: inauguration of the stele of the 3 temporary cemeteries, in tribute to the 12 000 American soldiers who were buried in Sainte-Mère-Église until 1948. In fact, in 1948, at the request of the families of the dead, 60% of bodies were repatriated to the United States. The others stayed in France in two permanent cemeteries: Colleville-sur-Mer on Omaha Beach and Saint-James.

9.30 am Mass of Remembrance at the Church of Our Lady of Peace.

10:45 am: Ceremony at Signal Monument

11:35 am: wreath laying at terminal 0 in tribute to civilian victims

11:50 am: flowering of the stele of generals Gavin and Ridway

General Gavin was the youngest American general during the Second World War. He commanded, with General Ridgway, the 82nd American Airborne Division. General Gavin also fought in Sicily, Normandy, the Netherlands, the Ardennes and Germany.

7 pm: Banquet of Liberty at the indoor market and musical entertainment

21h -23h30: concerts “La Jazz en mop” and the group “Ladies for Liberty”, place du 6 juin.


The signal monument: Place du 6 juin

Terminal 0: 6 rue de Cap-de-Laine (opposite the town hall)

The stele of Generals Gavin and Ridgway: at the Town Hall, climb the steps to the right of the 0

The download PDF of the Sainte-Mère-Église program


June 7 – Concert at Créances

At 20:30, in the Church of Credits, veterans and residents or visitors will be invited to listen to a concert consisting of songs related to the period of 1939/1945 and the bachelor.


Eglise Sainte-Trinité de Créances

20h30 – Free


June 7 – Ceremonies at Amfreville

10 am: ceremony at the monument C. DeGlopper. The monument pays tribute to Private Charles N. DeGlopper of the 82nd Airborne Division. On the night of June 8 to 9, 1944, he covered the fold of his section with his automatic weapon. He drew enemy fire and was wounded several times before being killed. For this act of bravery, he received, posthumously, the Medal of Honor of the Congress.

16h: ceremony at the monument “Verger Timmes” which commemorates the battles of the men of the 507th Infantry Regiment paratrooper of the 82nd American Airborne Division.


DeGlopper Monument – route du Hameau Flaux

Verger Timmes Monument: chemin du Tiers

50480 Amfreville

June 7 – Ceremony at Chef-du-Pont

12:00 pm: Country lunch near Rex Combs Square

2 pm: ceremony at Rex Combs Square, Cherf-du-Pont. Captain Rex Combs is one of the 508th paratroopers who liberated the town on June 6, 1944.

June 7 – Ceremony at Picauville

6.30 pm: ceremony at the monument of the 90th American Infantry Division.

A meal will follow the ceremony (on registration).


monument de la 90e division d’infanterie – Rue Louis Pasteur

50360 Picauville

Organisation et inscription au repas : mairie : 02 33 41 00 18


June 7th – Ceremony: wreath laying at Sainteny

10am: welcome place of the town hall

10:30 am: wreath laying at the Roserie stele. This stele pays tribute to Major Richard O’Malley, of the 4th Division, killed in Sainteny on July 16, 1944 in the fighting.

11h30: deposit of wreaths at the Forges stele. This stele commemorates the soldiers of the 83rd Infantry Division and 4th Division who captured Sainteny in mid-July 1944

Wreath laying will be done in the presence of veterans. They will be followed by a song of the students of the schools of Terre et Marais and followed by a reception of honor.

12:15 pm: cocktail reception at the Sainteny village hall

3.30 pm Break of a commemorative plaque at the Calvary Hotot in Saint-Georges de Bohon in memory of Lieutenant Chittenden of the 33rd Infantry Regiment who liberated the commune on July 7, 1944


Stèle de la Roserie – Vierge de la Roserie

Stèle des Forges – Les Forges – D971

50500 Sainteny


June 7 – Franco-American International Memorial Ceremony at Memorial Hospital in Saint-Lô

From 12 noon: Franco-American ceremony in memory of the civilian victims in the presence of the ambassador of the United States, the prefect and the local authorities

In June 1944, almost all the city of Saint-Lô was destroyed. In 1946, the reconstruction of a hospital is studied. A collection of donations is then launched in January 1947 in the United States. This “American Aids to France” will then contribute to the financing of the construction of the Saint-Lô hospital. It will be considered at the same time as a monument to the memory of American soldiers who fell during the liberation.

For this 75th anniversary, the hospital of Saint-Lô proposes a commemoration around a military parade, a wreath laying in front of the fresco Fernand Léger (fresco symbolizing the hand extended from the United States to France), French-American national anthems, presence of US veterans, US Air Force overflight, Patrouille de France air patrol (still under reserve), military music, release of doves and garden party by invitation.


Franco-American Hospital Center
715 Rue Henri Dunant – 50000 Saint-Lô


June 7th – Ceremony and march for Peace in Carentan-les-Marais

10 am: ceremony “taking weapon of the 101st Airborne” and reengagement of the troops in the presence of the Carentan Liberty Group walkers, Place de la République.

5:30 pm: christening of the Purple Heart Lane in the presence of the 101st Airborne and American veterans at the Cole Monument, Route de Saint-Côme-du-Mont.


June 7 – Festivities in Carentan-les-Marais

8h-17h: military purse, livestock market (FFA: 06 60 73 71 71)

11:30 am: departure of the “Carentan Liberty March”, Republic Square

2 pm: Big Band History Swingers concert, camp Arizona

15h-17h: meeting with the author of “Till Victory”, Clément Horvath, at the boutisue La petite Musette, 17 rue du Château in Carentan

20h-23h: screening of the award-winning films at the World War II Film Festival – free admission in the limite of the places available (06 18 41 14 61)

9pm: swing party followed by a tavern, camp Arizona


June 7 – Concert organized by the Fleurs de la Mémoire in Condé-sur-Vire

Concert by American music students.


Espace Condé

route Villeneuve – 50890 CONDÉ SUR VIRE


June 8 – Dday Memorial Parade in the streets of Sainte-Mère-Église

9 am: precision jump, church square

9 am-8pm: DDay Memorial parade with the participation of 3000 musicians from 15 American states.

21h-22h30: Creation The four Nations Country Blues Orchestra

10:45 pm: on camp Géronimo, demonstrations of 16 Pathfinders.

From 11:15 pm: on the Geronimo camp, use of search lights and anti-aircraft protection vehicles.


In the streets of Sainte-Mère-Église

Contact: Town Hall: 02 33 41 31 18


June 8 – Parachuting in Ecausseville

15h30: parachuting of men in period dress, around the airship hangar.


Hangar à dirigeables (Airship hangar)

La Lande – 50130 Écausseville


June 8 ceremony at the war memorial in Pont-Hébert

11am: rendez-vous at the war memorial followed by the “75th glass” in the village hall. The Com rangers will be present.

Exhibition at the village hall: objects, outfits, photos, all lent by local collectors and presence of the communal choir.

To confirm


June 8 – Carentan celebrates the Liberation

Many activities are organized among which:

13h30-14h30: dance demonstration by Swing’n Danses and Rock’n Go, Place de la République

13h30: departure of the hike “the exodus of the Carentanais in June 1944”, Place du Valnoble. Free registration at the tourist office on 02 33 71 23 50

13h30 -14h30: demonstration of dances by swing’n Danses, Place de la République

2.30-4.30pm: Galaad Moutoz concert, Republic Square

4.30 pm: grand parade with the arrival of the exodus on the Place de la République followed by the arrival of the Carentan Liberty March

17h30-19h: Rock’n Go dance class, Place de la République

20h30 to 2h: grand ball of the Liberation, room of Haut-Dick – 10 € (information: 07 83 52 58 88)
21h : concert rock Big Dood & Hot Swingers, camp Arizona


June 8th – Signing session with veterans in Saint-Côme-du-Mont

8:00 pm: Signing sessions with veterans at D.Day Experience – free entry


June 8 – Ceremony in Amfreville

10 am: ceremony at the Chaplain Maternowski site in honor of the captain of the Catholic Chaplain at the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd US Airborne Division. He was killed on June 6, 1944 while assisting wounded soldiers on both sides.


Chaplain Maternowski – hamlet Guetteville
50480 Amfreville


June 8 – Hiking in Amfreville

16h: historical commented 8 km walk in the footsteps of the soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division in 1944.

Held period allowed without a real or fake weapon.


Location of the appointment to be specified

Information: 02 33 41 00 18 (city hall)


June 8 – Ceremony in Angoville-au-Plain

11:30 am: commemorative ceremony dedicated to nurses E. Wright and Kenneth J. Moore with the presence of American troops, Toccoa Square


June 8 – Inauguration of a monument in Ecausseville

10 am: Inauguration of a monument in memory of American soldiers and civilians of Ecausseville. The event will be followed by a reception.


June 8 – Ceremony in Foucarville

10.30 am: ceremony at the former German prison camps


The former camp is located on the departmental road n ° 14 (D14), between Ravenoville and Foucarville

June 8, 2019 – Ceremonies at Périers

6:00 pm: commemorative ceremonies for civilian victims and soldiers of the US 90th Infantry Division who paid dearly for the price of freedom on the march.
They suffered together, Normandy 44-90th US Division and the city of Périers wished to pay tribute to them together


Stele of civilian victims and monument of 4 Braves – 50190 Périers
Tel: 06 62 12 29 09


June 8 – a football match France-USA Saint-Pierre-Eglise

A match between the senior team of AS Pointe Cotentin and US military will be held in Saint-Pierre-Church, for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day.


From June 8 to October 27 – Photographic Exhibition in Saint-Lô

Photographic exhibition on the ramparts “Materials, colors and lights: an eye on the Reconstruction of Saint-Lô”. In order to show the attractions and the interest of the architecture of the Saint-loise Reconstruction, conceived by the greatest architects of their time (Mersier, Arretche, Hilt …), the City of Saint-Lô proposes a large format exhibition of forty or so panels. This one will give to see the prefectoral city with a new eye thus positioning Saint-Lô in capital of the Reconstruction. They are the two photographers Saint-laws Jérôme Guézou and Pierre-Yves Le Meur who will have the mission to challenge the Saint-Lois and tourists, and show them what they do not see anymore.


June 8th and 9th – dance show in Saint-Lô

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the landing, celebrate with the city of Saint-Lô and Saint-Lois this great meeting, the teachers and students of Le Creuset de la Danse wished to illustrate through a great historical fresco: freedom.

Revolutions, War, Destruction, Reconstruction.

In retracing the great events of our modern history, culminating in the liberation of 1945, Le Creuset de la Danse questions the construction of France as a land of freedom and its endless struggle to preserve it. 160 amateur dancers are mobilized to make this show live and offer their contribution to the celebrations.

“TUMULA” June 8th and 9th, 2019 at the Roger Ferdinand Theater


Roger Ferdinand Theater

Rue Octave Feuillet – 50000 Saint-Lô

Prices: 10 euro adults – 5 euro child (under 12 years old)
Opening hours: Friday 20h30 and Saturday 17h30



June 8th and 9th – exhibition in Carentan

10 am – 6 pm: Exhibition on passive defenses and reconstruction of an advanced aid station



11 rue Jean Truffaut – 50500 Carentan-les-Marais


June 9 – ceremony and concert in Marigny-le-Lozon

11 am: Wreath laying at the Marigny War Memorial

14h: departure for Rémilly-sur-Lozon then the German cemetery

20h: grilled evening with a concert of post-war songs at the town hall.

June 9 – Ceremony at Brévands-Carentan-les-Marais

11:00 am ceremony at the stele (locality Le Moulin) in honor of the US paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division.

eam based in Dijon is composed of former airmen of the army or aerospace


June 9 – Events at Sainte-Mère-Église

10h to 12h: Exhibition of military vehicles in Sainte-Mère-Église

10 am: parachuting of men in period dress – Passage of the Patrouille de France and the Bretitling Jet Team – Concert of the choir of young Germans “Voices for shared peace! On the site of the Fière – musical stroll of “52e Rue” in the streets

1 pm: military parachute with the participation of paratroopers from different nations

14h-15h: radio hook of the 40s, place of the church

3:15 pm-4:15 pm: Ladies for Liberty concert

16h30-17h30: Mr. Ribouldingue sings peace

17: 30-17: 45: strolling and musical entertainment with 52nd Street

5:45 pm: Military parade

20h30-22h: concert “Mimile and its ramulots”

22h15-23h30: concert “The first refrains”

23:30: fireworks


Site of the Fière: 3 kilometers from Sainte-Mère-Église, towards Picauville



June 9 – Flight of the Patrouille de France and the Breitling jet team over the Prie

the Breitling jet team based in Dijon is composed of former airmen of the army or aerospace.


June 9 – Festivities in Carentan-les-Marais

10am: departure of the nature race “LA 19.44” (19.44 km) between Utah Beach and Carentan-les-Marais (information on 02 33 42 74 31)

11 am: departure of the parade of vintage vehicles from the Arizona camp to the city center

12 noon: arrival of the parade of vehicles and exhibition, Grand Valnoble square

13h-18h: giant picnic with musical and dancing entertainment at the marina

14h to 16h: nautical parade

2 pm: Kelly Ann Sproul concert, Arizona camp

June 9 – Ceremony at Brévands

11 am: ceremony in honor of the American paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division, locality Le Moulin

June 9 – Hiking “In the footsteps of the Liberators around Périers”

15h: A historic hike “On the trail of the liberators” is proposed on the sector of Périers. This hike, accompanied by a historian, offers a discovery on the battlefield for the Liberation in July 1944.


Walk about 2H30 / 3H

Prices: 5 € adults and free for children under 16 years

Meeting place indicated at the booking

Reservation required at 02 33 45 14 34


June 9 – Peace Ball in Ecausseville

8:30 pm: peace ball at the airship hangar in Ecausseville


Airship hangar

La Lande – 50130 Écausseville


June 9 – Hike “The Longest Night” and Ball at Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

From 1 am: 3rd edition of “The longest night”. You will walk in the footsteps of paratroopers and American infantrymen engaged June 6, 1944 in the Cotentin. You will leave for 6 to 7 hours of hiking on the areas of parachutings. Throughout the course you will enjoy historical commentary and night entertainment. You will arrive at sunrise at Utah Beach.

Provide suitable shoes, warm and waterproof clothes, a flashlight. Period clothing authorized but without weapons.


Start: Utah Beach Parking – Back to Utan Beach
Mandatory reservation. Places limited to 20 people.

Organization: D-Day Overlord Association –


June 9 – “Ivy” Ball at Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

19: Ball of the 4th American Infantry Division, also nicknamed “Ivy” in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont


Bal: church square


June 9 – Ceremony at Saint-Côme-du-Mont

10 am: Ceremony dedicated to Lieutenant Robert Judels and Sergeant Joseph Beyrle, Church Square


June 9th – conference, exhibitions and dedications in Saint-Côme-du-Mont

8 pm: conference, exhibitions and dedications “The Allied Chaplains” by Reverend Tom Wilson, D-Day Landing Priest – Free


June 9 – Ceremony and inauguration of a Saint-Hilaire-Petitville fresco

5 pm: ceremony dedicated to Major E. Tucker, Tucker monument, rue Giesmard and inauguration of “Fresque pour la Mémoire” in the presence of US troops and veterans at 2A rue d’Isigny (06 27 15 13 36)

June 10th – Ceremony in honor of the Comanches at Utah Beach (awaiting additional information)

Like the Navajos on the Pacific theater, a group of Comanche-born soldiers were employed in the European theater during the Second World War to code and transmit messages from the US military. What was later called the Comanche Code. Indeed, the messages were coded in Comanche dialects and used, moreover, their mode of imaged communication. That’s why Hitler’s decoding specialists have never been able to decipher any of their messages. The Amerindian participation in the landing of June 6, 1944, therefore, certainly contributed to the Allied victory. It was, however, only in the late 1980s that these men gained recognition from the United States.

Note that the 4th Division, under the command of Commander Theodore Roosevelt Junior, son of the former US president counted 14 Indian Comanches.


June 10 – Picnic and musical entertainment in Sainte-Mère-Église

12h: Normandy Day picnic and concert with Howling Fox, concert “Voices of Freedom” (Germany), Drum “La Libération” (France), western equestrian show “Sottevaten star”


Church square


June 10 – Running in Saint-Germain-de-Varreville

2nd edition of the “La Varrevillaise” running race – Pathfinders Trail


June 10 – Parachuting in Angoville-au-Plain

9:30 am: parachuting by the Liberty Jump Team


On June 11th, veteran Jack Port visits the Colleville cemetery with students from Saint Pois

Jack PORT will go to the Colleville cemetery (14) with students of Saint Pois, teachers and elected officials of the town to pay tribute to the person who commanded his unit during the Liberation of Saint Pois and killed at the Battle of Mortain: Major O’Malley.

The ceremony and the wreath laying will take place at 14:30.


June 11th Conference in Carentan-les-Marais

19h: at the theater, lecture “Graignes, El Alamo normand” by Martin K. Morgan, American historian – Free


June 12 – Ceremony in Carentan-les-Marais

17h: Ceremony for the liberation of Carentan, place of the Republic.


June 14 – Commemorative Ceremony on the theme of reconstruction – Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët

from 14h to 16h: Commemorative ceremony on the theme of the reconstruction of the town in the presence of 400 children: readings and songs by children and residences of old people. Musical entertainment provided by the Landellaise Band.


Place of the Town Hall – 50600 Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët


From 15 to 30 June – Exhibition “Children in the Resistance” in Sottevast

Exhibition / workshop at the media library. Exhibition in partnership with the departmental library of La Manche.


Media library/library

25 rue Hanri Cornat – 50700 Tamerville

June 15 and 16 – Festival of Peace in Saint-Mère-Église

June 15: Youth Animations and Gospel Concert

16th of June: solemn mass, conference and polyphonic mass


From June 15 to September 22 – Exhibition in Saint-Lô

Exhibition “Memory and fraternity” at the Museum of Fine Arts of Saint-Lô.

The Museum of Fine Arts presents an exceptional exhibition questioning the notions of war, peace and memory through the presentation of 7 monumental works that will occupy temporary exhibition spaces. The Musée des Beaux-Arts benefits from the loan of exceptional works from the Pompidou Center, the National Center for the Visual Arts and the National Furniture.


Museum of Fine Arts

5 Champ de Mars Square – 50000 Saint-Lô

Opening hours and days:

Tuesday to Sunday from 14:00 to 18:00: from 15 to 30 June
Tuesday to Sunday from 13:30 to 18:30: from 1 July to 31 August
Tuesday to Sunday from 14:00 to 18:00: from 1 to 22 September
Price: full price € 5.50 – reduced price € 3.00


June 18 – Cinema – Saint-Hilaire-sur-Harcouët

18h: Screening of the movie “St Hilaire under the bombs” at the cinema le Rex


Cinema Rex

30 Rue Waldeck Rousseau – 50600 Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët


June 22 – Dance Show at Carneville Castle


June 22 – Erato Concert at Saint-Lô Theater

8 pm: concert of the Erato Symphony Orchestra at the Saint-Lô Theater. On the program are Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and also pieces by Vivaldi, Lauridsen and Jenkins.

Beetoven’s 5th Symphony played an undeniable role in the Second World War: the sound code of the messages introduced by this phrase known to all “Here London, the French speak to the French” were the first notes of music of this Symphony. They mean in Morse code “V”, like Victoire.


The price will be:

€ 10 per person;

€ 5 for people aged 12 to 18;

free for children under 12

For more info: – 06 37 75 42 56


June 23 – Saynètes “The Second World War lived in the Cotentin, and openness to peace”

18h: in Servigny


From June 29 to 30 – Anniversaries of twinnings and “Les EssenCiels à Saint-Lô”
Sound and light insipré of the book A life between the wars followed by a ball of the Freedom

40th anniversary of the twinning of Saint-Lô / Aalen (German city of Baden-Württemberg) and the 60th anniversary of the twinning between Saint-Lô and Roanoke (American city of the state of Virginia): reception in town hall, meals for semi-detached, concert of Aalen’s harmony, photo exhibitions at City Hall …


9:15 pm on the square Notre Dame de Saint-Lô




JULY AND AUGUST: Summer celebrates D-Day 44

July 1 to 31 – Exhibition “Children in the Resistance” in Torigni-les-Villes

Exhibition / workshop at the media library. Exhibition in partnership with the departmental library of La Manche.


Media library / library

23 Danican Street – 50160 Torigni-sur-Vire

02 33 56 71 44


July 6 and 7 – reconstitution of a military camp at Sainte-Suzanne-sur-Vire

Saturday 6: free visit of the camp from 14h to 19h with broadcast music of the 1940s. Narration of the release by the inhabitants at 17h. Patriotic ceremony at the war memorials at 19:00.
Sunday 7: free visit of the camp from 10h to 19h.

Come and relive the daily life of the Allied troops stationed in a reconstructed camp with tents, trench arranged, presence of vehicles, men and women in uniform, …

Come and relive the daily life of civilians with the presence of a rural policeman dressed with bicycle and drum announcing the news, a sleigh drawn by draft horses, and the visit of an equipped house as at the beginning of the 20th century.


Paid: 10 € and free for children under 10

Ticket office: Saint Sauveur le Vicomte tourist office, Bricquebec and Valognes and on site at the entrance of the site

Free parking, access to the site on foot from 20h

Access for people with disabilities to the parking of the actors on the site, by presenting itself before 9 pm and if possible by warning.

contacts: 02 33 41 05 12 – 06 72 26 15 33 – – www.comité-des-fê

If you wish, have folding seats or blankets to sit on the floor. Provide warm clothes.

On site: refreshment bar, grilled meats, French fries, mobile toilets

On-site catering


July 6th and 7th – Show in Orglandes

Show at 10 pm: “Les Fééries d’Orglandes” entitled “At the dawn of freedom”, on the site of the Hougue manor in Orglandes (natural steps outside). During 1h30 discover, through a sound and lights (with special effects and pyrotechnics), the German occupation and the liberation of Normandy by the Allied forces in 1944.

A fireworks display will close the evening.


Paid: 10 € and free for children under 10

Ticket office: Saint Sauveur le Vicomte tourist office, Bricquebec and Valognes and on site at the entrance of the site

Free parking, access to the site on foot from 20h

Access for people with disabilities to the parking of the actors on the site, by presenting itself before 9 pm and if possible by warning.

contacts: 02 33 41 05 12 – 06 72 26 15 33 – cforglandes@orange.frwww.comité-des-fê

If you wish, have folding seats or blankets to sit on the floor. Provide warm clothes.

On site: refreshment bar, grilled meats, French fries, mobile toilets


July 17 – Quiz and games – Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët

Quiz and games on the history of St Hilaire du Harcouet and reconstruction


Location: Garden of the valleys – 50600 Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët


July 18 – Liberation Ball in Saint-Lô

8:30 pm: Ball on the forecourt of Notre-Dame Church in Saint-Lô.

The City of Saint-Lô will decorate the forecourt of Notre-Dame Church giving a festive atmosphere and tribute to our American liberators. A floor set up for the occasion will allow amateur or experienced dancers to practice the swing dance of the time.


from July 12 to 21, Port-Bail-sur-Mer celebrates Freedom

Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13 at 20:30: Play “Les Voila” – The Trez’arts, at the multipurpose room Port-Bail

Tuesday, July 16 (and all week): historical photo exhibition on the release at the multipurpose room Port-Bail

Wednesday, July 17, at 2:15 pm, commented hiking (8 kms – Departure in front of the Town Hall of Port-Bail) and at 20:30, broadcast a film “Port-Bail on Sea and his memories” at the multipurpose room of Saint-Lô Ourville

Thursday, July 18 from 2:15 pm, bike rides and commented (hiking Freedom and hiking General Eisenhower – departure before the Mayor of Port-Bail). At 7:00 pm, “American” picnic at St-Lô-d’Ourville and at 9:00 pm, “Jeudi de l’animation” concert at Port-lease.

Friday, July 19th: trains of the liberation (Tourist Train of the Cotentin) with since the station of Carteret, at 15h00 the train of the freedom and at 19h00, the train meal and animation 1944 (departure of Carteret)
That same day, attend a demonstration of a rail Dodge (3 pm: departure from Carteret station and arrival at Port-Bail station at 4 pm). Then at Port-Bail station, 16:00, exhibition “The role of the rail in the liberation” and at 16:30, conference “Resistance in the Cotentin”.
At 22:30, dropped 1,000 lanterns and pyrotechnics with blazing beaches (large beach Port Lease, Lindbergh beach at St Lô d’Ourville and Denneville beach – 100% biodegradable lanterns). The release is organized in tribute to the men of American bomber B17 “Peg of my Heart” who crashed in Port-Bail on May 8, 1944.

Saturday, July 20, 2019, the day begins with the commemorations of Port-Bail and the inauguration of the monument “The Price of Freedom”.
In the afternoon, from 2.30 pm, parade of the liberation and entertainment 1940, concerts and at 17h, parachuting in the port of Port-Bail.
In the evening from 21h attend 2 concerts interspersed with the night parade of the liberation.

Sunday, July 21, the morning from 9:30, commemorations of Denneville and inauguration of the “Wall of Memories” (behind the Town Hall of Saint-Lô-d’Ourville). At 11:30, American blessing 1944 before a giant picnic, at 12:30, at Omonville Castle in Denneville. From 2.30 pm, liberation parade and animations 1940 in the city center of Port-Bail, then at 3.30 pm, Aerial photo with all the public to support the candidacy of the landing beaches to the UNESCO World Heritage inscription ( harbor of Port-Bail). The afternoon ends at 16:30 with concerts.
In the evening from 21h, concert, torchlight and fireworks before a final concert.


The complete program (in french) of Port-Bail by clicking here


July 18 – Ceremony for the Liberation of Saint-Lô

from 4 pm – 3 successive ceremonies:

16h: tribute to the 35th US DI – lower stele of the Carentan road

4:30 pm: tribute to the 29th DI US – Major Howie Monument

5 pm: Major Howie’s tribute to the plaque dedicated to his name – Ste Croix Church

The Ceremonies will be held in the presence of civilian and military authorities, US veterans with their escorts and 30 members of the Howie family.

8:30 pm: liberation ball on the forecourt of Notre Dame church


July 19 – Hike “In the footsteps of the Liberators around The Hague”

19h30: A historical hike “On the trail of the liberators” is proposed on the area of ​​The Hague. This hike, accompanied by a historian, offers a discovery on the battlefield for the Liberation in July 1944.


Walk about 2h30 / 3h

Prices: € 5 for adults and free for children under 16

Place of appointment indicated when booking

Reservation required at 02 33 45 14 34


July 20 – Pirou Fields Night

18h: Projection in the cinema of the episode “Hell des Haies” in the documentary series “Champs de Bataille” (broadcast on RMC Découverte). This episode, shot largely around The Hole of the Well, plunges us into a field investigation to reconstruct the thrilling story of the War of the Hedges, one of the least known episodes, of the “adventure” allied in Normandy.


Cinema Cotentin de Pirou

1 Place des Bocagers – 50770


July 23 – Inauguration of a memorial in Granville

11 am: Inauguration of a commemorative monument at Pointe du Roc in Granville in tribute to the Free French and the Resistance of the interior.


July 25 – Visit Lessay Abbey on the theme “in 1944 and after” in Lessay

20h: Discovery of the Lessay Abbey at the time of the liberation and its reconstruction from 1945 to 1958. Visit the church and private parties: cloister and gardens.


Walk about 2 hours

Prices: € 5 for adults and free for children under 16

Meeting place indicated at the booking

Reservation required at 02 33 45 14 34


July 27 – Commemorative ceremony of the liberation of Périers

18h: commemorative ceremony of the liberation of Périers on July 27, 1944, at the Monument of the 4 Braves. The inauguration of the Hamilton-Levaufre Space will follow.
Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Hamilton commanded the 1st Battalion of the 357th Infantry Regiment of the 90th US DI. He fought for the liberation of Périers and the rest of France before being badly injured in Moselle.
He returned several times to Périers to meet Henri Levaufre. The two men remained bonded by a very strong friendship for the duration of their lives. At his death, in order to show his attachment to this city, Ed who is buried in West Point Cemetery asked that part of his ashes be buried under the monument of 4 Braves in Périers.
Henri Levaufre is a Prisian historian who devoted his life to the study of the battles fought by the 90th DI since his landing at Utah-Beach until the liberation of Périers on July 27, 1944. 7 weeks of fighting paid by heavy losses both from the American point of view and by the civilian victims. Official representative of this division for Europe, he has become the recognized specialist over the years and his name is authoritative among US historians. (In parallel, he and his wife will have welcomed more than 2000 veterans or families).
For 30 years he was Ed Hamilton’s close friend. Ed died in 2006, Henri Levaufre in February 2019. The association Normandy 44-90th US Division and the city of Périers wished to pay homage to these two men by inaugurating this place of memory which is dedicated to them.


Information on 06 62 12 29 09


July 27 – Festivities in Bréhal

Military and old vehicles will march from Saint-Martin de Bréhal to Bréhal to arrive at Place de l’Église where they will remain on display.

Animations are scheduled: wooden games, interactive exhibition in the Grain Market, videos … And at 18h, find us for a musical aperitif followed by a popular ball of the 40s.


Information on the site of the city of Bréhal and by tel: 02 33 61 61 24

July 28 – Ceremony and mass of peace in Saint-Martin-de-Varreville

9:30 am: Rally at the Robert Lee Duffy monument

Passage of the P47 plane driven by Franck Salis from La Ferte Alais

Reconstitution of July 28, 1944: military vehicles, simulation of bombing


Possibility to sign up for a tent meal (leg of lamb / fries) 15 € / person.

Information: 02 33 07 76 01


From July 27 to 29 – Military camp in Donville-les-Bains

75th anniversary of the liberation of Donville les Bains. Participation of about forty varied vehicles with crew in period dress. On the site will be exhibited Motorcycles, Jeep, Dodge, GMC, Half-Track, Brockway, Diamond, Char, Pacific.

Sunday, July 28 at 10 am: military parade.


Camp: Racecourse Street, Donville les Bains

Parade: Road of Coutances, Donville les Bains


July 31 – Day of commemoration and exchange in Avranches

Day of the liberation of Avranches


July 31 to August 4 – Operation Piper Cobra

Operation Piper Cobra: air show, military camp recreation, collection vehicles …


All information on facebook


From August 1st to 4th – Avranchin Festival

Valorization of the culture, heritage and know-how of Avranchin.


August 2nd – Hiking “In the footsteps of the Liberators around Lessay”

7:30 pm: A historical hike “On the trail of the liberators” is proposed on the Lessay sector. This hike, accompanied by a historian, offers a discovery on the battlefield for the Liberation in July 1944.


Walk around 2h30 / 3h.

Prices: € 5 for adults and free for children under 16

Meeting place indicated at the booking

Reservation required at 02 33 45 14 34



From September to the end of the year: the celebrations continue


September 1 to 6 – Exhibition “Children in the Resistance” in Port-Bail-sur-Mer

Exhibition / workshop at the media library. Exhibition in partnership with the departmental library of La Manche.


Media library / library

2 Rue Montfiquet – 50580 Portbail

02 33 04 32 86


September 22 – Walk on the theme of reconstruction in Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët

15h: Walk on the theme of Reconstruction by the CAUE Channel.


Appointment: Place Delaporte – 50600 Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët