Memorial Ceremonies at the Brittany and Normandy American Cemeteries
The D-Day Memorial Ceremonies will take place at two Cemeteries in the Normandy region, including the Brittany American Cemetery and the Normandy American Cemetery. These solemn and sacred cemeteries are the final resting place for nearly 15,000 brave Americans who paid the ultimate sacrifice as part of the D-Day and Normandy campaigns during the summer of 1944.
These important ceremonies not only provide a tribute to the fallen, but to all those participating in the ceremony it is a reminder of the price of freedom. The sacrifice made by so many, and the motivation behind it, should be honored, cherished and never forgotten.
The D-Day Memorial Ceremonies are recognized by officials as an important observance of the D-DAY Anniversary commemoration. These ceremonies are unique in that they provide a musical component not seen in other ceremonies that take place in Normandy during this time. Participants and attendees reverently observe the occasion, while honoring the fallen. The program is presented in large part by young Americans who are of the same age as those who lost their lives here many years ago. These ceremonies educate and inspire the leaders of tomorrow to learn the lessons of the past. It is common for Veterans who have attended
"this was the most inspirational and touching ceremony that I had ever attended before".
Outstanding performing ensembles, JROTC Cadets, Young Marines, Veterans Organizations, Political Leaders and Veterans join together to honor the fallen soldiers of World War II. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the D-Day Massed Band and Choir will perform Hymn to the Fallen followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the "Spirit of American Youth"
So in the Spirit of American Youth and recognizing that "History is best remembered with the music that marked the time" we invite you to attend, participate and be inspired as we salute the best of what America has to offer in a remarkable and truly meaningful way.