D-Day remembered

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official70th_anniversaryToday is the 70th anniversary of D-Day and you don’t need me to tell you that the memories are being recalled in any number of countries. But in Normandy itself, where the allied troops landed in the early hours, the celebrations of the fight to remove fascism are more poignant because of the allied war cemeteries reminding us of the toll it took.

Not only ex-servicemen have crossed to Normandy. Tens of thousands of visitors will make the journey this year to remember, remind themselves and to see where it happened. Each year since 2007, D-Day Festival Normandy has been offering a selection of key festive events for the anniversary of the allied landings.

Five tourist offices make up the “D-Day Normandy Bessin-Cotentin” destination and present their area at its best: Baie du Cotentin, Isigny-Grandcamp Intercom, Omaha Beach, Bayeux Intercom and Arromanches. Their fifteen day anniversary began at the beginning of the month but today is the key day coming as it does after last night when   firework displays occurred at the 24 main D-Day sites.

Today at Sainte-Mere-Eglise at 3pm there will be a memorial parade and tonight at 9pm a concert for peace. Over the weekend at Isigny-sur-Mere at 2.30 each day there will be a reconstruction of the D-Day Landings on Lake Fanal.

Over the next week there will be any number of events and most readers will see the events on television or read about them. What veterans hope is that we who were too young to know will remember the veterans and the sacrifices made.

This is why for many people a trip to Normandy heightens that memory by bringing the events closer to us for not only are the cemeteries for us to remember but you can still see the mangled and rusting remains of the mulberry bridges along the coast.

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