Commemoration of the 80th anniversary of D-Day


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On Friday 31 May 2024 at 17:26

Commemoration of the 80th anniversary of D-Day: a tribute to bravery and sacrifice

6 June 2024 marks a monumental anniversary in world history: 80 years since the Normandy landings, also known as D-Day. This pivotal event, which took place in 1944, not only changed the course of the Second World War, but also shaped the modern world as we know it. Today, we pay tribute to the heroes who fought for freedom and peace, and reflect on the lasting legacy of their courage.

d-day: a decisive turning point in 1944

The Normandy landings were one of the most ambitious and complex military operations in history. With more than 156,000 Allied troops (mainly from the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada) landing on the beaches of Normandy, Operation Overlord aimed to open up a new front in Western Europe and liberate France from Nazi occupation.

The beaches of Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword witnessed a fierce battle in which the Allied forces met fierce resistance from the German army. Despite the considerable loss of life, the success of the landings marked the beginning of the end for the Nazi regime and paved the way for the liberation of Europe.

Memories and testimonies

This year’s commemorations are particularly moving because the number of veterans still alive decreases every year. Their testimonies, precious and poignant, remind us of the sacrifices made for the freedom we enjoy today.

In museums such as the Mémorial de Caen and the Musée du Débarquement at Arromanches, special exhibitions and commemorative events are organised to honour these brave soldiers. Ceremonies on the beaches of Normandy, attended by international dignitaries and descendants of combatants, are moments of remembrance and respect.

The legacy of D-Day

Beyond the commemorations, it is essential to reflect on the lasting impact of D-Day. This event not only precipitated the end of the war, it also solidified transatlantic relations and laid the foundations for the international cooperation that continues today. The United Nations, NATO and the European Union are, in part, heirs to the spirit of cooperation that emerged from this period.

D-Day also teaches us valuable lessons about resilience, sacrifice and the importance of fighting for ideals of freedom and justice. It is a powerful reminder that peace and freedom are never achieved without effort.

Commemorations and events for an anniversary year

In this anniversary year, many events are planned to honour this crucial chapter in history. Historical re-enactments, military parades, concerts and educational conferences will be held in towns and villages across Normandy. Military cemeteries, such as the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, will be gathering places for wreath-laying ceremonies and moments of silence in tribute to the fallen.


The 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings is a solemn occasion to remember and pay tribute to those who sacrificed so much so that we could live in peace. As we remember their bravery and dedication, let us renew our commitment to preserving freedom and promoting peace in the world.

The past teaches us that, even in the darkest of times, humanity can find the strength to rise above the greatest challenges.


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from Nohô

On Friday 31 May 2024 at 17:26

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