No words can explain the impact of a personal visit to Normandy.
World leaders arrived to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Allied Invasion. Amid the swirl of media, prayers, laying of wreaths, and festivities, let’s not forget why we gather…. and why we chose to fight.
Here is a map to get you oriented.
Our President Trump and President Macron of France will be at: Location: Colleville-sur-Mer (Calvados) 🇺🇸 🇫🇷 Link
– 11:00 am: Franco-American binational ceremony at the military cemetery, in the presence of US President and France President.
Notice how many 90+yr old veterans still stand for our National Anthem.
Here is the link from EURONews, a good smooth stream. It’s about 90 minutes long and activity starts at about 24 minutes when Presidents Macron and Trump appear:
President Trump’s speech is moving. Husband broke down and cried three times.
Today President Trump stood in the American Cemetery and Memorial above Ohama Beach, where 2,000 of his countrymen lost their lives, and described it as ‘Freedom’s Altar’ during a poignant ceremony where he hugged US veterans and President Macron.
He said: ‘On these shores on this day 75 years ago, ten thousand men shed their blood – and thousands sacrificed their lives-for their brothers, for their countries, and for the survival of liberty’.
In an extraordinary moment President Trump stopped his speech to embrace veteran Russell Pickett, 94, who was a 19-year-old private during the landings at Omaha, telling him: ‘Russell Picket is the last known survivor of the legendary company A. Today, believe it or not, he has returned once more to these shores to be with his comrades. Private Picket, you honor us all with your presence.’
President Macron whispered in Mr Pickett’s ear and helped him to his feet before the leader of free world hugged him. Link
With hundreds of D-Day veterans on the stage, President Trump presented 5 Americans to President Macron, who awarded them the Legion of Honor. The man in the light Khaki Jacket is wearing a hat, denoting his participation in The Battle of the Bulge, all he way to Berlin. Could have been my Father-in-law, who landed at Omaha, survived, and went all the way…….
Official PRESIDENTIAL SCHEDULE ~ Day 4
2:05am EST / 7:05am IST THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY depart Trump International Doonbeg en route to Shannon Airport, Shannon, Ireland, Doonbeg, Ireland
2:25am EST / 7:25am IST The PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY arrive at Shannon Airport, Shannon, Ireland
2:35am EST / 7:35am IST THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY depart Shannon Airport en route to Caen – Carpiquet Airport, Caen, France, Shannon, Ireland
4:00am EST / 10:00am CEST THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY arrive at Caen – Carpiquet Airport, Caen, France
4:10am EST / 10:10am CEST THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY depart Caen, France, en route to Normandy American Cemetery Landing Zone, Colleville-sur-Mer, France, Caen, France
The awaiting crowd was quite large with hundreds of veterans on stage.
4:30am EST / 10:30am CEST THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY arrive at Normandy American Cemetery Landing Zone, Colleville-sur-Mer, France
♦5:00am EST / 11:00am CEST THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY participate in the 75th Commemoration of D-Day, Colleville-sur-Mer, France
The President was gracious and warm to returning veterans.
US veteran Jack Gutman, who was 18-years-old when he landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, wipes away tears during a ceremony at the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, north-western France this morning
Look at the photo above, the one on the left. Impossible to escape the power of President Trump. In fact, look at all the photos and notice the body language of others, as they orient towards him. Stunning……
6:00am EST / 12:00pm CEST THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY participate in the Omaha Beach Briefing and Fly-Over Viewing, Colleville-sur-Mer, France
6:10am EST / 12:10pm CEST THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY participate in a viewing of the Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France
6:25am EST / 12:25pm CEST THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY depart Colleville-sur-Mer, France, en route to Caen – Carpiquet Airport, Caen, France, Colleville-sur-Mer, France
6:45am EST / 12:45pm CEST THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY arrive at Caen – Carpiquet Airport, Caen, France
6:55am EST / 12:55pm CEST THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY depart Caen – Carpiquet Airport en route to the Prefecture of Calvados, Caen, France
7:10am EST / 1:10pm CEST THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY arrive at the Prefecture of Calvados, Caen, France
7:30am EST / 1:30pm CEST THE PRESIDENT participates in a bilateral meeting with the President of the French Republic, Caen, France LINK
8:05am EST / 2:05pm CEST THE PRESIDENT participates in a working lunch with the President of the French Republic, Caen, France
8:50am EST / 2:50pm CEST THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY depart the Prefecture of Calvados en route to Caen – Carpiquet Airport, Caen, France
9:05am EST / 3:05pm CEST THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY arrive at Caen – Carpiquet Airport, Caen, France
9:15am EST / 3:15pm CEST THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY depart Caen – Carpiquet Airport en route to Shannon Airport, Caen, France
10:50am EST / 3:50pm IST THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY arrive at Shannon Airport, Shannon, Ireland
11:00am EST / 4:00pm IST THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY depart Shannon, Ireland, en route to Trump International Landing Zone, Doonbeg, Ireland, Shannon, Ireland
11:20am EST / 4:20pm IST THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY arrive at Trump International Doonbeg Landing Zone, Doonbeg, Ireland
Take a look, though, at the other events scheduled…….in France. The ceremony in Britain, Staffordshire, attended by Prince William is below. Another event at Chelsea Hospital was led by Prince Harry.
Location: Arromanches-les-Bains (Calvados)
– 09:15 am: mass in the church.
– 10:30 am: Dutch ceremony. Information: +33 (0)2 31 22 34 31.
– 02:15 pm: inauguration of the Garden of Memory.
– 03:15 pm: British ceremony. Information: +33 (0)2 31 22 34 31.
– 05:00 pm: parade of vintage vehicles in the city center.
– 09:00 pm: concert on the theme of the 1940s, followed by fireworks.
Location: Asnelles (Calvados)
– 08:45 am: historical hike of 20 kilometers to Port-en-Bessin (arrival at 17h00) in the footsteps of 47 Royal Marine Commando. Departure at the main car park, next to the bunker. Information: +33 (0) 2 31 21 92 33.
Location: Bayeux (Calvados)
– 10:00 am: British ceremony at the cathedral, attended by British and French authorities. Information: +33 (0)1 44 51 33 39.
After the Cathedral service, the bagpipers led the procession.
– 12:15 pm: ceremony at the British military cemetery in the presence of civil and military authorities. Information: +33 (0)1 44 51 33 39.
In Bayeux, 6yr old George Sayer wears his uncle’s medals as young and old gather to remember the impact of D-Day.
Location: Bénouville (Calvados)
– 10:30 am: parade of the children of Bénouville and flowering of the British graves of the cemetery. Information: +33 (0)2 31 44 62 01.
– 11:15 am: arrival of 186 runners of the Veteran’s Charity Forces March.
– 12:45 pm: parade of veterans of the town hall at Pegasus Bridge.
– 01:00 pm: ceremony at Signal Monument, esplanade of Major Howard.
– 01:15 pm: inauguration of the “Pegasus Bridge: Peace Bridge between peoples”.
– 01:45 pm: ecumenical ceremony in front of the town hall.
– 02:15 pm: wreath laying at the 7th Para Battalion stele.
– 02:30 pm: wine reception at the multipurpose room.
– 04:00 pm: wreath laying at Commando Monument No. 4 in the presence of veterans near Pegasus Bridge.
Soldiers from The Rifles and the Army Air Corps also gathered at the iconic World War II site of Pegasus Bridge to commemorate the actions of their predecessors, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and Glider Pilot Regiment, 75 years ago
Location: Bernières-sur-Mer (Calvados)
– 8:00 am: commemorative ceremony at the Maison des Canadiens, 32 Promenade des Français.
– 09:30 am: ceremony at the monument of 288, route de Bény.
– 11:30 am: ceremony at the Canadian Monument, rue Queen’s own rifles of Canada.
– 9:00 pm: commemorative ceremony at the Maison des Canadiens, 32 Promenade des Français.
Location: Caen (Calvados)
– Schedules to be specified: ceremony in homage to the shots of the Prison of Caen in the presence of the families of the victims. Ceremonies in tribute to civilian victims, Caen Castle and Avenue de la Liberation in the presence of veterans and British authorities.
Location: Carentan-les-Marais (Manche) – Théâtre de Carentan – Rue de la Halle
– 09:00 pm: French play “Les Voilà!“, Written to commemorate the anniversary of the Normandy landings. Free admission.
Location: Colleville-Montgomery (Calvados) 🇫🇷
– 04:00 pm: ceremony in honor of the French Kieffer commando, Norman Resisters and civilian victims, in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron. Information and registration: click here.
Location: Colleville-sur-Mer (Calvados) 🇺🇸 🇫🇷
– 11:00 am: Franco-American binational ceremony at the military cemetery, in the presence of US President and France President. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration: http://bit.ly/2IGdoHL.
Location: Courseulles-sur-Mer (Calvados)
– 12:00 pm: Franco-Canadian binational ceremony at the Juno Beach Center. Information: email@example.com – +33 (0)1 44 43 22 58.
– 06:00 pm: International D-Day Ceremony, in the presence of Heads of State and Government, at the Juno Beach Center. Information and registration: click here.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wipes a tear during his tribute speech.
Everyone cried at Juno Beach………
Location: Douvres-la-Délivrande (Calvados)
– 03:00 pm: commemorative ceremony in Tailleville.
Location: Langrune-sur-Mer (Calvados)
– 06:30 pm: flags ceremony and parade in the city center.
Location: Osmanville (Calvados)
– 10:30 am: ceremony at the communal cemetery of the hamlet of Saint-Clément in the presence of Norwegian and French authorities. Information: +33 (0)1 44 43 22 58.
Location: Ouistreham (Calvados)
– 10:30 am: wreath laying ceremony at the Commandos Memorial.
– 10:45 am: inauguration of the statue of Commander Philippe Kieffer at the Commandos Memorial.
– 11:00 am: traditional ceremony of the Lorient Marines School, on the beach.
Location: Ranville (Calvados)
– 09:30 am: reception of veterans, speeches, national anthems and wreath laying in front of the commemorative plaque, crossroads of June 6th. Information: + 33 (0)2 31 78 76 08.
– 10:00 am: religious office
– 11:00 am: wreath laying at the monument to the French dead and the Belgian souvenir plaque.
– 11.15 am: souvenir service at the British military cemetery.
– 12:15 pm: wine reception at Henri Robin Hall.
Location: Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer (Calvados)
– 09:30 am: ecumenical ceremony on Nan Red Beach.
– 10:30 am: commemorative ceremony at Square des Canadiens.
– 11:45 am: tribute to civilian victims, organized at the cemetery.
– 02:00 pm: historical hike in the footsteps of the North Shore Regiment, in the direction of Tailleville (town of Douvres-la-Délivrande).
Location: Saint-James (Manche)
– 11:00 am: commemorative ceremony at the American military cemetery, in the presence of veterans.
Location: Sainte-Marie-du-Mont (Manche) – Utah Beach
– 08:45 am: ceremony in honor of the tactical and strategic leaders of Operation Overlord at the Major Dick monument Richard Winters “Leadership” monument, 913 provincial road (“route départementale“) to Utah Beach. Organization: Association D-Day Overlord. All available places have already been distributed, it is no longer possible to register for this event. Only veterans and their escorts will be allowed by the police to enter the ceremony: click here.
– 09:15 am: ceremony at the French-Danish monument. Information: : RJ.Essink@mindef.nl – +31 40 2665101.
– 05:00 pm: ceremony near the Utah Beach museum. Information: +33 (0)2 33 71 53 35.
Location: Sainte-Mère-Eglise (Manche)
– 02:00 pm: demonstration commented and animated by reenactors on the embarkation of paratroopers in period dress, church square.
– 04:00 pm: ceremony at the stele of Alexandre Renaud, former mayor of Sainte-Mère-Eglise.
– 04:30 pm: mass in the church.
– 05:30 pm: ceremony at the monument of AVA, place of June 6th.
– 08:30 pm: concert for peace, place of June 6th.
Paratroopers filled the sky and a concert is planned for tonight. A Boy Scout troop from Connecticut traveled to France to participate in the events.
Location: Ver-sur-Mer (Calvados) 🇬🇧 🇫🇷
– 08:30 am: Franco-British binational ceremony on the occasion of the inauguration of the British Normandy Memorial, in the presence of British Prime Minister and France’s President. Information: +33 (0)1 44 51 33 39.
This is the beach at Arromanches or GOLD Beach.
Back in Britain, Prince William spoke at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire.
The monument at the National Arboretum lists every service member killed since WW2. William laid a wreath.
June 6, 1944, at 6:26AM, the first soldier set foot on French soil to begin the campaign. Many paratroopers from the 2nd and 101st were already in the air. Don’t ever forget the paratroopers. This guy is 97years old. He parachuted into France on D-Day and he did it again YESTERDAY.
Utah Beach –
The logistics of today’s events across all beaches are mind-boggling, but nowhere nearly as difficult as it was on June 5, 1944, trying to get across the channel.
Remarkably, the day was devoid of POLITICS and nastiness.
Yet one veteran couldn’t help himself. He was too excited to see our President. THIS guy is from Pennsylvania, and told the President he was voting for him in 2020.
Trump’s the MAN……. yet poised enough to stop and thank the brave men and women of D-Day, and thank GOD for the success of Operation Overlord.
May we never forget WHY we fought……