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02 Jun 2019 | 12:17 PM UTC

France: D-Day commemoration ceremonies in Normandy June 6

France News Alert

D-Day commemoration ceremonies to take place throughout Normandy June 6; transportation disruptions and heightened security expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/31/2019, 12:00 AM until 6/7/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION France, Normandy

Event

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.

Police in Caen will implement traffic restrictions on the city's ring road and the RN 13 beginning at 6:00 until all foreign dignitaries depart the region late Thursday. 

Traffic disruptions and a heightened security presence are expected throughout the day in the abovementioned areas.

Context

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.

Advice

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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