D-Day 75th Anniversary - 2019

Compiled by DDAY.CENTER, the most comprehensive list of events to remember D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

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.

2019 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Normandy and the D-Day Landings

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.

D-Day - Remembering The Fallen, Honouring The Living

Remembrance

There are numerous ceremonies organised, both large and small, many with open access for the public.

Learning About D-Day

Education

Various organisation and communities organise events to educate both the young and old on the events of 1944.

D-Day Living History

Living History

See the many re-enactors in uniform, reconstructions of military camps and many hundreds of restored vehicles.

D-Day Concerts

Concerts

From military bands and bagpipes, to jazz and swing bands, there will always be something for everyone.

D-Day Fireworks

Fireworks

Witness some of the most spectacular pyrotechnic displays in the skies above sites of historic importance.

D-Day Sporting Events

Sporting Events

For the healthy and energetic there a numerous events, from guided walks to races and cycling challenges.



Colourised image by Marina Amaral of 101st Airborne 'Filthy 13' paratrooper Clarence Ware as he applies war paint to Charles Plauda

6th June 1944 - D-Day

After almost five years of war and following many months of planning, preparation and trainnig, the Allied forces under the overall command of American General Dwight D. Eisenhower, landed on the beaches of Hitler's "Fortress Europe".

Paratroopers and gliderborne infantry were the first to touch French soil in the early hours of the morning on the eastern and western flanks of the invasion area. Several hours later as the sun began to rise, an enormous armada of ships disembarked its cargo of fighting men onto five beaches across a 50-mile front of the Normandy coastline.

By the day's end, 156,000 troops had been landed and a tentative but strengthening beachhead established. A door in Hitler's much-vaunted "Atlantic Wall" had been well and truly kicked open.


Our thanks to digital colourist Marina Amaral for allowing us to use her excellent colourised image of these two 101st Airborne Division paratroopers. Check out her excellent new book "The Colour of Time".

American soldiers drive through the ruins of Saint-Lo

Operation Overlord

Operation Neptune was the codename for the assault phase of the Normandy landings, whilst the objective of Operation Overlord was to create a secure lodgement in France from which further operations to liberate Europe and defeat Nazi Germany could be launched.

The Battle of Normandy began with the Allied assault on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, or more precicesly with the dropping of paratroopers and glider forces in the early hours of the morning of 6th June 1944.

The Battle culminated towards the end of August with the encirclement and capture of around 150,000 German soldiers at Falaise, and with the Allied forces crossing the River Seine on their march towards Paris. The War was still far from over, but the end was now clearly in sight, and Hitler's days were numbered.

Events commemorating the anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy usually take place between April and September. Click on the links below to jump straight to the event listing for the chosen month. We compile this event listing from multiple sources, so check back for updates.

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Bayeux, 2016

Standard-bearers preparing ahead of the Official British Ceremony.

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February 2019: D-Day 75th Anniversary Events



Saturday 23rd February

2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in the USA 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.
    Call to enquire about this 2019 D-Day 75 event +1 (760) 778 6262
    Visit website for 2019 D-Day 75 Event palmspringsairmuseum.org/programs/secrets-of-d-day-75th-anniversary-special-presentation




Pointe-du-Hoc, 2006

Pointe-du-Hoc at sunset, seen through barbed wire.

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March 2019: D-Day 75th Anniversary Events



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Sainte-Mère-Église, 2014

Wreaths and floral tributes laid at the Airborne Monument near the famous church.

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Arromanches, 2014

One of the numerous pyrotechnic displays held in commemoration of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

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Sainte-Mère-Église, 2017

Veterans, military personnel and civilians alike enjoy the atmosphere with some music, food and beer.

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June 2019: D-Day 75th Anniversary Events



Saturday 1st June

2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in the USA Muskegon, OH

  • 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.
    Call to enquire about this 2019 D-Day 75 event +1 (231) 730 1477
    Visit website for 2019 D-Day 75 Event www.lst393.org


2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in the USA Washington D.C.

  • 2200hrs
    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
    Visit website for 2019 D-Day 75 Event www.goruck.com/event-14209/


Sunday 2nd June

2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in France Carentan, Manche



Monday 3rd June

2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in France Carentan, Manche

  • 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.
    Visit website for 2019 D-Day 75 Event www.wwiifoundation.org/events/film/


2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in France Utah Beach, Manche



Tuesday 4th June

2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in France Carentan, Manche



Wednesday 5th June

2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in France Carentan, Manche



Thursday 6th June

2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in France Bénouville, Calvados

  • 1000hrs
    Run to Pegasus. Runners arrive at the finish line at at Pegasus Bridge at around 1000hrs. (NOTE: Event starts at Ouistreham at 0830hrs)
    Visit website for 2019 D-Day 75 Event www.veteranscharity.org.uk/rtop

  • 1730hrs
    Wreath-laying at the Veterans Charity Memorial, near to Pegasus Bridge.


2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in France Ouistreham, Calvados

  • 0830hrs
    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.
    Visit website for 2019 D-Day 75 Event www.veteranscharity.org.uk/rtop


2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in France Périers-en-Auge, Calvados

  • 1400hrs
    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.

  • 1430hrs
    "22 Plt" lead the group on a march back to Pegasus Bridge.


2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in France Ranville, Calvados

  • 1700hrs
    Arrival of "22 Platoon" group from Périers-en-Auge


2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in France Saint-Côme-du-Mont, Manche



2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in the UK Walton-on-Thames, Surrey

  • 0930hrs
    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).
    Visit website for 2019 D-Day 75 Event www.phoenixrunning.co.uk/events/d-day-75th-land-run


Friday 7th June

2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in France Carentan, Manche



2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in France Catz, Manche



2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in France Ranville, Calvados



2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in the UK Walton-on-Thames, Surrey



Saturday 8th June

2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in the UK Southwick, Hampshire

  • 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.
    Visit website for 2019 D-Day 75 Event www.southwickrevival.co.uk/


2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in the UK Walton-on-Thames, Surrey



Sunday 9th June

2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in France La Fière, Manche



2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in the UK Southwick, Hampshire

  • 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.
    Visit website for 2019 D-Day 75 Event www.southwickrevival.co.uk/




Bayeux, 2009

Honouring the Fallen. Poppy wreath at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery.

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July 2019: D-Day 75th Anniversary Events



Monday 22nd July

2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in the UK Portsmouth, Hampshire

  • 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.
    Visit website for 2019 D-Day 75 Event www2.port.ac.uk/portsmouth-business-school/conferences-and-business-events/normandy-75/


Tuesday 23rd July

2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in the UK Portsmouth, Hampshire



Wednesday 24th July

2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in the UK Portsmouth, Hampshire



Thursday 25th July

2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in the UK Portsmouth, Hampshire





Arromanches, 2014

A lovingly-restored US Army CCKW truck on Gold Beach at Arromanches-les-Bains.

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August 2019: D-Day 75th Anniversary Events



Thursday 15th August

2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in the USA Conneaut, OH

  • 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.
    Visit website for 2019 D-Day 75 Event www.ddayohio.us


Friday 16th August

2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in the USA Conneaut, OH

  • 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.
    Visit website for 2019 D-Day 75 Event www.ddayohio.us


Saturday 17th August

2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in the USA Conneaut, OH

  • 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.
    Visit website for 2019 D-Day 75 Event www.ddayohio.us






Colleville-sur-Mer, 2009

Graves at the Normandy American Cemetery at Omaha Beach.

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September 2019: D-Day 75th Anniversary Events



Wednesday 4th September

2019 D-Day 75th Anniversary Event in the UK Southwick, Hampshire

  • 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.
    Visit website for 2019 D-Day 75 Event www.ddaycycleride.org.uk




Arromanches, 2011

British D-Day veterans enjoy some musical entertainment at Arromanches-les-Bains.

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Long Running Events for D-Day 75th Anniversary 2019



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