The Allied landing in Normandy was an amphibious military operation launched on the night of June 5-6, 1944. This is the assault phase of the vast operation Overlord. The landing was intended to take over France occupied by the Germans. This Allied military operation was considered a turning point in the Second World War.
Various ceremonies will be held in 2019 to mark the 75th anniversary of the landing and the Battle of Normandy. Alongside veterans, presidents and ministers from around the world will respond to France’s invitation. Numerous festivities are on the program and will be in full swing around June 6. Coastal fireworks at major landing sites, giant picnic on Omaha Beach, Liberation balls, international drop-offs of several hundred military personnel… These large gatherings will be complemented by guided tours of historical sites, discovery of reconstruction camps, or by hikes commented on the traces of paratroopers in June 1944.
Visitors can also enjoy this cultural journey and participate in the events of the Normandy Forum for Peace. The Forum was born in 2016 out of a desire to promote the values of peace and freedom to the general public and especially to young people. It will be possible to attend conferences on global tensions involving international leaders, as well as workshops on peace building.
During the 70th anniversary in 2014, one billion viewers had followed the international commemoration. The various ceremonies were attended by Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Canadian Prime Minister, or the Queen of Denmark. That year, nearly 6 million people visited the sites and places of memory of the Battle of Normandy.
Commemoration 2019 will likely be the last in the presence of veterans. The question arises of the future of commemorations given the natural disappearance of veterans. In recent years, the spotlight has been on civilians, their living conditions and roles in the conflict during the war and the victims of the bombings during and after the landing.