No News On D-Day Passes

With less than a hundred days to go to 6th June 2014, there is still no update from France or any authorities organising the official DDay70 commemorations of how members of the public will access the main ceremonies. The official French 70th Anniversary of Normandy website reports:

“Only holders of invitations can access the official ceremonies. However, spaces will be open to the public in the immediate proximity of these sites. All this organization will be detailed in the coming weeks.

The exact location of international and bi-national ceremonies are not yet known. Practical information is not available at this time. The transport to the sites of the ceremonies will be done through a system of organized bus. More information will be provided in the coming months.”

With such a limited window of time between now and 6th June these comments are very frustrating for individual visitors and tour operators alike.

So what is known?

  • Sword Beach: There will be an official international ceremony here where the public will be able to attend via a pass system and/or brought in via a public bus system from Caen. No further details known as of March 2014.
  • Pegasus Bridge/Ranville: non-public ceremonies because of VVIPs. Access for one veteran and one carer only by application to the Airborne Forces Associations arranging the event. No further details known as of March 2014.
  • Bayeux: ceremonies in the Bayeux War Cemetery and the cathedral for veterans; no further details known but a pass system likely. No further details known as of March 2014.
  • Arromanches: there will be ceremonies here in the afternoon. It is not known if VVIP/VIPs will attend but security is likely and a pass system also likely. No further details known as of March 2014.
  • Omaha Beach: There will be an official international ceremony here involving VVIPs and the public will be be able to attend via a pass system but no details as yet are known. No further details known as of March 2014.
  • Utah Beach: Official ceremonies planned with public access via a pass system. No further details known as of March 2014.

If you can add to the above please do so in the comments below.

 

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4 thoughts on “No News On D-Day Passes

  1. I agree – this is very frustrating for those who gave so much to the world 70 years ago. I am going to contact my MP and think others should do to.

    • I recently received an answer back from my senators office. They have been trying to get me some info on passes. Finally today she says she has connected with the right veteran at the embassy in France. I am told we will have our invitations. So, please call your senator !!

  2. Hello. I will be in both the American Sector 31 May-4 June and the British Sector 4-8 June. While I have submitted a form for my pass in the American Sector, I still cannot find how to obtain a pass for the British Sector. I have 2 British, WW-II veterans of # 3 Commando, who need this information plus others who will be with them from the UK and USA. Please advise. It is now 25 April and I understand the deadline is 30 April. Time is running out. Many many people coming over for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day are still without any information. Please advise ASAP. I am a 100% service connected retired disabled combat veteran and 68 years old who has been to Normandy 18 times for the D-Day events to include the 60th.

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