Welcome to DDAY.CENTER's dedicated website for events being held to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Whilst most events take place in France, remembrance services and other events occur in the UK, United States and Canada.
Each year, thousands of people descend on Normandy in France to pay homage to the soldiers, sailors and airmen who took part in D-Day, Operation Overlord and the Battle of Normandy. Veterans and their families, political figures, re-enactors, military vehicle enthusiasts and thousands of other men, women and children pay tribute to the those who fought to liberate Europe and remember those who never returned.
The organisers of D-Day events include local authorities, museums, private clubs and larger organisations, and there is no single official listing encompassing all commemorations. Several years ago we decided to compile our own guide using numerous publicly available sources with the intention of providing our visitors with as comprehensive a resource as possible.
As the information provided here is based on third-party sources we regret that we cannot be held responsible for cancelled events or incorrect details. Wherever possible we try to include the contact details for the organisations responsible for arranging each event. As new events are confirmed we will add the details to this site, so if you know of a #DDAY75 event taking place that we've not listed here then please get in touch and let us know.
Once a few more events have been announced, we will be providing a free download of the events listing in PDF format, so you can view it offline or print a copy.
The Normandy Memorial Trust was created in 2016 to bring to fruition the desire to have a British Normandy Memorial, honouring all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in Normandy. The Trust is cooperating closely with the French planning authorities to secure the necessary building permissions for the memorial. As soon as these are in place, work on the site will commence, with the aim of making as much progress as possible in time for the 75th anniversary of D-Day on 6th June 2019.
The core memorial has been financed by the British government with £20m from the LIBOR fund, but the project still needs to develop educational and other facilities. The memorial will stand on ground at Ver-sur-Mer overlooking Gold Beach, and will record the names of all those under British command who lost their lives during the Battle of Normandy. In order to help fund the remaining components of British Normandy Memorial, Trust are also seeking donations from the public.
In 2018, DDAY.CENTER was proud to sponsor the Normandie World War II International Film Festival organised by the World War II Foundation. The event will be taking place again in 2019, along with the associated Band of Brothers Actors' Reunion. The 2019 reunion is intended to be the last such event and is tag-lined "A Final Jump Into Normandy".
Various events, including both ticketed and free-to-enter, will be taking place as part of the Film Festival, including a red-carpet event, a VIP dinner, special film screenings and a free concert in front of the Salle du Théâtre in Carentan. Signing sessions with the Band of Brothers actors will also be taking place at the D-Day Experience Museum, the Utah Beach Museum and at the Normandy Victory Museum.
"Ok, Let's go!" - the immortal words of General Dwight D. Eisenhower were spoken at Southwick House, setting in motion the greatest combined operation of all time.
Step back in time at the Southwick Village D-Day Revival. For the sixth consecutive year, the small Hampshire village of Southwick will be transformed back to 1944, as the whole village puts their heart and soul into the spirit of living history.
Optional tours to the famous Southwick House D-Day map room will be available, but book early as these are very popular. The Battle of Britain Memoral Flight, walking history tours, history talks, Tiger Moth aircraft display, period funfair, wartime vehicles, 1940's school lesson, sing-alongs, swing dance lessons and live music are just some of the events planned for 2019.
Each year at Conneaut, Ohio on the shore of Lake Erie, the largest Second World War re-enactment/living history event in the United States takes place. D-Day Conneaut is free to the public and includes living history displays, mock battles, vintage aircraft, an LCVP "Higgins Boat" and 1940's "USO-style" musical entertainment.
The organisers are keen to involve the real heroes of the Second World War, and in 2017 the event hosted around 150 veterans.
Since 1999 this event has been developing and expanding, and now features some 1,500 re-enactors from across the US and Canada. Allied and German troops, plus French Resistance and 1940's civilians are all represented, with pre-invasion encampments of Allied and German forces and their tactical support elements. There are also historical exhibits.
Certain to be some of the most spectacular events for 2019 - and almost certainly never to be repeated - are being organised by Daks Over Normandy. Probably not since the Second World War will so many C-47 Skytrain (or "Dakota", as the British called the aircraft) have shared the same piece of sky. More than 30 aircraft from several countries have so far committed to the project.
From 2nd to 5th June the Daks Over Normandy event will be based at Duxford Airfield in the United Kingdom, and from 5th to 9th June from Caen Carpiquet Airport in Normandy. Both locations were carefully chosen because of their facilities and their infrastructure and because of their Second World War heritage. For the latest information or to donate, please visit the Daks Over Normandy official website.
Saturday 23rd February
Palm Springs, CA
- 1300 - 1400hrs
Secrets of D-Day - 75th Anniversary Special Presentation, presented by Dr Ed Gordon at the Palm Springs Air Museum. For the 75th anniversary, historian Ed Gordon, co-author of the widely praised Divided on D-Day, will focus on some of the more controversial and little-known aspects of Operation OVERLORD that make it one of the most analysed and celebrated campaigns of World War II. Program to be followed by a book sale and signing.
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To Be Announced
- We are waiting for details of any D-Day 75th Anniverary events planned for March 2019 to be announced.
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- We are waiting for details of any D-Day 75th Anniverary events planned for April 2019 to be announced.
To Be Announced
- We are waiting for details of any D-Day 75th Anniverary events planned for May 2019 to be announced.
Saturday 1st June
- All Day
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum and Rolling Thunder present "D-Day Plus 75". This World War II landing ship tank (LST) will feature special displays and exhibits to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. LST 393 was there and is one of only three ships at Omaha Beach still afloat. Visitors can share this historic day aboard one of the most important D-Day artefacts anywhere. The community celebration will feature an honour ride, World War II reenactors, unique World War II vehicles, the amazing "Air Raid Muskegon" featuring historic aircraft "battling" reenactors on the ship, and special activities for kids.
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June 6th, 1944, OPERATION OVERLORD, the liberation of Europe begins. 75 years later, it is even more important that we do not forget the ultimate price that was paid by those brave soldiers defending our freedom. Commemorate the D-Day Landings by rucking and re-enacting OSS movements in honour of America's Greatest Generation who liberated France and Europe. Pricing: Before 03/03/19 - $110, before 17/05/19 - $120, 17/05/19 and after - $130
Sunday 2nd June
- 1900 - 2300hrs
World War II Foundation International Film Festival Red Carpet Event at the Utah Beach Museum with actors from the Band of Brothers television series, D-Day and World War II veterans. Special guests also attending. Ticketed event. Includes: Access to museum, food, drink, music, autographs and photos with actors and veterans. €75 per person.
Monday 3rd June
- 1700 - 1930hrs
Special screening at Salle du Théâtre in Carentan square of a short film chronicling several Band of Brothers actors returning 18 years later to where they did their "bootcamp" or training for the series. The 30-minute film was shot in England and was produced and introduced by Rick Warden who played Lt. Harry Welsh. Rick Warden's short film will be followed by a panel discussion with the actors from Band of Brothers at Salle du Théâtre. The topic is "Behind the Scenes of Episodes 2 & 3" of the series, Day of Days and Carentan. €20 per person.
Utah Beach, Manche
Band of Brothers Actors signing at the Utah Beach Museum. €20 per person. Does not include admission to the museum.
Tuesday 4th June
VIP Dinner with Band of Brothers actors at the Pont D'ouve restaurant in Carentan. Space is limited. VIP/Private Experience.
Wednesday 5th June
Free Concert in Carentan square (in front of Salle du Théâtre) featuring actors from the Band of Brothers television series who will bring their own incredible musical talent to the stage.
Thursday 6th June
Run to Pegasus. Runners arrive at the finish line at at Pegasus Bridge at around 1000hrs. (NOTE: Event starts at Ouistreham at 0830hrs)
Wreath-laying at the Veterans Charity Memorial, near to Pegasus Bridge.
Run to Pegasus. Starts at 0830hrs, runners come together at the port and depart on the towpath towards Pegasus Bridge. To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and to honour the men who spearheaded the invasion, the highly successful event which was first staged in 2009 is being repeated in 2019. On 4th June 2019, a group of 186 sponsored runners will set off from the site of Tarrant Rushton Airfield in Dorset and make their way into the New Forest and down to Portsmouth, covering 62 miles in under 24 hours. All participants must raise a minimum of £1,000 in sponsorship for The Veterans Charity. Each runner on the Run to Pegasus will represent a specific member of the Coup de Main group and will be issued with a commemorative t-shirt to wear for the final leg to the landing zone. The t-shirts will carry the name of the man they are representing. Some of the runners that have already signed up are relatives of men of the Coup de Main force.
Unveiling of plaque on bridge over River Dives. The Veterans Charity will unveil a plaque dedicated to the thirty men of 22 Platoon who landed in no. 4 glider which went off course. The men had a very difficult time trying to reach their objective of Horsa Bridge, and faced intense enemy resistance and flooded fields for almost the whole 10-mile march back to rendezvous with their comrades. Three men lost their lives during the 24 hours and the platoon, together with approx. 15 other troops who they gathered along the way, made it to Ranville on 7th June with several casualties.
"22 Plt" lead the group on a march back to Pegasus Bridge.
Arrival of "22 Platoon" group from Périers-en-Auge
Band of Brothers actors signing session at the D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner Museum). €20 per person. Does not include admission to the museum.
D-Day 75th Land Run at The Xcel Leisure Centre (first day of 3-day event). D-Day runs will be held from Thursday 6th June 2019 to Saturday 8th June 2019 and are 6-hour timed events where participants choose from 5km to ultra-marathon. Particpants can complete as many, or as few, laps as they like of a 5.3km, 3.28 mile, out and back, course along the beautiful River Thames. Runners of all abilities welcomed - complete one lap and you're both a finisher and a winner in our eyes...or keep going and see how far you can get in the full 6-hour time limit. Everyone gets the fabulous bespoke finishers' medal. Places will be strictly limited so don't leave it too late to enter. Price: £37.95 (Affiliated) or £39.95 (Unaffiliated).
Friday 7th June
Winning films from the World War II International Film Festival shown at Salle du Théâtre in Carentan square. Awards presented by Band of Brothers Actors. Free event.
- 1100 - 1300hrs
Band of Brothers actors signing session at the Normandy Victory Museum in Carentan. €20 per person. Does not include admission to the museum.
- Time TBC
Mass parachute drop by Round Canopy Parachute Team over British Drop Zone "K". Aircraft will return to Cherbourg Maupertus airport following the drop.
D-Day 75th Air Run at The Xcel Leisure Centre (second day of 3-day event).
Saturday 8th June
- All Day
Southwick D-Day 75 Revival (first day of 2-day event). For the sixth year running, the village of Southwick in Hampshire is joined in partnership with Southwick Park to commemorate the anniversary of D-Day by offering an exciting and unique opportunity for visitors from all over the world to breathe in the atmosphere of those historic days at the nerve-centre of Operation Overlord. Southwick is just North of Portsmouth on the South Coast of England, PO17 6EA. Events over the two days include exclusive D-Day map room visits, talks by renowned World War II military historians, Tiger Moth 9 Aeronautical Display, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight fly-past, Royal Navy Cadet Field Gun Run, "The Village at War" exhibition in the Church, 1940's dinner dance, World War II military vehicles display and motorcade, period funfair, Horndean band and wartime sing along, swing dance lessons, 1940's school lesson, steam bus rides, live music in the Golden Lion pub and Red Lion pub, walking history tours.
D-Day 75th Sea Run at The Xcel Leisure Centre (third day of 3-day event).
Sunday 9th June
La Fière, Manche
- Time TBC
Mass parachute drop by Round Canopy Parachute Team in the American sector. Aircraft will return to Cherbourg Maupertus airport following the drop.
- All Day
Southwick D-Day 75 Revival (second day of 2-day event). For the sixth year running, the village of Southwick in Hampshire is joined in partnership with Southwick Park to commemorate the anniversary of D-Day by offering an exciting and unique opportunity for visitors from all over the world to breathe in the atmosphere of those historic days at the nerve-centre of Operation Overlord. Southwick is just North of Portsmouth on the South Coast of England, PO17 6EA. Events over the two days include exclusive D-Day map room visits, talks by renowned World War II military historians, Tiger Moth 9 Aeronautical Display, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight fly-past, Royal Navy Cadet Field Gun Run, "The Village at War" exhibition in the Church, 1940's dinner dance, World War II military vehicles display and motorcade, period funfair, Horndean band and wartime sing along, swing dance lessons, 1940's school lesson, steam bus rides, live music in the Golden Lion pub and Red Lion pub, walking history tours.
Monday 22nd July
- All Day
Normandy 75 - An International Conference (first day of 4-day event). The Conference will bring together scholars, students, and the public to explore this seminal event in detail and will endeavour to promote an interdisciplinary and international study of the Normandy Campaign by means of drawing upon the latest scholarship from a variety of disciplines. The conference will also serve as a forum for Second World War historians to discuss and debate the wide-ranging, international implications of the campaign and how it impacted other theaters and aspects of the conflict. Online registration for Normandy 75 will open in early September 2018 via the online store. The conference registration fee will include all keynote, plenary, and panel sessions as well as the conference dinner, a drinks reception, and daily breakfasts and lunches. The conference fees are £325.00 for General Delegates (non-presenters) and £285.00 for Presenters/Students. Please note that there are no one- or two-day registration fee options. Online registration will close 5th July 2019.
Tuesday 23rd July
- All Day
Normandy 75 - An International Conference (second day of 4-day event). Full details on entry for 22nd July.
Wednesday 24th July
- All Day
Normandy 75 - An International Conference (third day of 4-day event). Full details on entry for 22nd July.
Thursday 25th July
- All Day
Normandy 75 - An International Conference (final day of 4-day event). Full details on entry for 22nd July.
Thursday 15th August
- All Day
D-Day Conneaut (first day of 3-day event) is fast becoming America's premier living history event and has been running since 1999. It has thrilled tens of thousands of spectators with its 1,200 re-enactors from the US and Canada. Entrance is free to the public, but donations are welcomed.
Friday 16th August
- All Day
D-Day Conneaut (second day of 3-day event) is fast becoming America's premier living history event and has been running since 1999. It has thrilled tens of thousands of spectators with its 1,200 re-enactors from the US and Canada. Entrance is free to the public, but donations are welcomed.
Saturday 17th August
- All Day
D-Day Conneaut (final day of 3-day event) is fast becoming America's premier living history event and has been running since 1999. It has thrilled tens of thousands of spectators with its 1,200 re-enactors from the US and Canada. Entrance is free to the public, but donations are welcomed.
Wednesday 4th September
- Time TBC
D-Day Anniversary Cycle Ride. The Ride will take place over five days, and will offer two route options of approximately 160 miles or 230 miles in Normandy. It will focus on the D-Day landing beaches and key locations liberated in the days after the landings. Routes are designed to be enjoyable for both the regular cyclist and for the more inexperienced rider. Participants will meet at Southwick House just outside of Portsmouth on Wednesday afternoon, followed by an overnight ferry crossing to France. Participants will start cycling close to the time of day of the landings. In Fracne the base for cyclists with be Grandcap Maisy. On day three, a wreath laying ceremony will take place at the end of the day's ride. The D-Day Cycle Ride is a fundraising event with money raised helping servicemen and women, veterans and their families in need following present day conflicts.Visit the website for more details.
To Be Announced
- We are waiting for details of any long-running D-Day 75th Anniverary events to be announced.