Celebrating the 80th anniversary
In 2024, Normandy will honour the memory of these events and the men and women who came from all over the world to liberate us.
A regional mobilisation will take place to celebrate this major ten-year anniversary. Normandy will be there alongside its residents as well as people from all around the world.
The programme of events will be available online at the end of 2023 and will be updated regularly.
A paper version will also be printed from spring 2024.
On this website you will find :
- a map of all the events approved by the Region
- practical information on the official commemorations
- articles to help you make the most of the events planned
- key dates in 1944
A brief history of the D-Day landings
The D-Day landings on 6 June 1944 were a decisive turning point in the Second World War: the Liberation of France and Europe began on the beaches of Normandy. It was in Normandy that the face of today's world was shaped. From 1942 onwards, with the Raid on Dieppe, the history of Normandy as a whole was intimately linked to that of the return of Freedom, Peace and Reconciliation.
On 6 June 1944 and in the days that followed, thousands of young men from fifteen different nations and 177 Frenchmen from the Kieffer Commando landed on the beaches of Normandy to liberate the country. By midnight on 6 June, more than 150,000 Allied soldiers were in Normandy, including 23,000 paratroopers and 20,000 vehicles of all sizes. 12,000 men had been killed, wounded or taken prisoner. Three months of battles followed to liberate Normandy. Then it was the turn of Paris and finally the whole of Europe.
Even today, through the remains, cemeteries, places to visit and emblematic heritage of the Reconstruction, these traces are still visible and keep this memory alive in Normandy. The D-Day landings on 6 June 1944 and the Battle of Normandy are engraved in the minds of every Norman and form part of a shared heritage that we have a duty to pass on.