Official D-Day commemorations will take place throughout Normandy on Thursday, June 6. French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May will lead commemorations at the British memorial site in Ver-sur-Mer at 8:30 (local time). President Macron and US President Donald Trump will then attend a ceremony at the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer at 11:00.
Later on Thursday, the US and French presidents are scheduled to have lunch at the Prefecture of Calvados in Caen at 13:30. President Macron will then attend a Naval infantry school ceremony at Colleville-Montgomery at 16:30.
Traffic disruptions and a heightened security presence are expected throughout the day in the abovementioned areas.
The 2019 D-Day ceremonies will commemorate the 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord. On June 6, 1944, Allied forces staged the largest seaborne invasion in history on the shores of Normandy. The amphibious landings marked the beginning of the campaign to liberate France and other European countries from Nazi control.
Individuals in Normandy are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate heightened security measures and disruptions to transportation and businesses, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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