D-Day Festival 2009: The celebration for the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings.

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ddayfestivalAs each year in Normandy, on the initiative of the Bayeux-Bessin tourist office, the D-Day Festival will take place from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th June 2009, in the heart of this region, which was the setting, on 6th June 1944, of the most gigantic military operation of history.

The next D-Day Festival will happen within the context of the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day. Many veterans may travel for the last time to Normandy for this occasion. Therefore, this big celebration of liberation and freedom promises to be a particularly moving and festive time.     

ddayfestival2_400“The night they arrived” – Friday 5th June – Longues-sur-Mer and Port-en-Bessin.
Lighting-up of the coast (25 fireworks along 50 miles of coastline). Two magnificent fireworks at 11pm : on the historical site of the German Battery in Longues-sur-Mer, which overlooks the famous D-Day Landing beaches and on the wharfs of the petroleum harbour of the landing in Port-en-Bessin. Organization: Normandie Mémoire/towns of Port-en-Bessin  and Longues-sur-Mer.

“In the footsteps of the 47th British commando” – Saturday 6th June – Between Asnelles and Port-en-Bessin.

From 9am until 5pm, a 13 mile long walk in the footsteps of the British soldiers who liberated Port en Bessin, on the 7th June. Picnic at Longues-sur-Mer with a jazz concert, a historical lecture and a friendly encounter with the veterans of the 47th British commando. (Plan to bring your picnic and good walking shoes). Organization.: Bayeux-Bessin tourist office.

“Liberation evening” – Saturday 6th June – Place De Gaulle in Bayeux.
From 6.30pm, a big evening dedicated to the veterans in Bayeux, the first liberated town in France. Musical and dancing picnic, major concert of the London Community Gospel Choir (food available on site). Organization: Town of Bayeux.

“Liberation picnic” – Sunday 7th June – on the wharfs in Port-en-Bessin.
From 1pm, on the wharfs of the petroleum harbour of the landing, a big picnic for everyone with musical entertainment. Organization: Town of Port-en-Bessin.

“Bayeux, first liberated town in France” – Sunday 7th June – Bayeux.
At 3pm, in the centre of Bayeux, the historical town which was miraculously spared, a major parade of 250 vehicles, which made the legend of the landing and the liberation of France. Organization: Town of Bayeux and Bayeux-Bessin tourist office.

OFFICE DE TOURISME BAYEUX-BESSIN
Bayeux  –  02 31 51 28 28
Longues-sur-mer – 02 31 21 46 87
Port-en-bessin  – 02 31 22 45 80
http://www.bayeux-bessin-tourism.com/

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