The Parade and Public Ceremonies
June 5, 6, & 7
June 6, 1944 - Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France. After a heroic effort and sacrifice by thousands of valiant men representing the “greatest generation,” The German held villages throughout Normandy were liberated. This marked the beginning of the defeat of Nazi tyranny throughout Europe.
D-Day Memorial Parade
June 6- 5:00PM
Each year Sainte-Mère-Église, the first village to be liberated by American paratroopers, hosts this historic parade. Military units, marching bands, cultural and civic groups will march down the same streets that were lined with American troops in 1944. The town has since named their streets after Allied Generals including General Eisenhower. They have also preserved WWII era artifacts in the Airborne Museum in the center of town. The Mayor has expressed his best wishes and looks forward to greeting the parade participants as they visit his wonderful village. In addition to the parade, a concert series will be staged in the town square featuring outstanding performing groups.
This event has been recognized by numerous veterans associations, community organizations, military and government officials and will provide participants and spectators an opportunity to salute those men and women who have sacrificed for our nation.
Brittany American Cemetery
Normandy American Cemetery
Two official public ceremonies will take place at the American Cemeteries in the Normandy region, including the Brittany American Cemetery and the Normandy American Cemetery. Combined, 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 Parade and Musical Salute to the Veterans will provide a meaningful tribute to our veterans and armed forces while featuring community organizations, talented performing groups, dignitaries, and military groups - all joining together to share the Spirit of America with the citizens and visitors of Normandy.
3 Nights in Normandy
American Cemetery in Normandy at Omaha Beach
American Cemetery in Brittany
Parade and Musical Salute in Sainte-Mère-Église
D-Day Landing Beaches
Mont St. Michel
3 Nights in Paris
Notre Dame Cathedral