The following information has just been made available from the British Ministry of Defence.
Note this largely applies to events in the British sector from Bayeux to Arromanches to Sword Beach.
They will have a D-Day 70 website going live soon: www.gov.uk/mod/dday70 [as of today it is not yet live]
D-Day 70 – Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I’m thinking of attending a specific event in Normandy between 5 – 8 June 2014. Do I need to apply for an accreditation pass?
A: Yes. There will be an ‘Anti-Congestion Cordon’ restricting vehicles and their passenger’s entry to the Normandy area. This is to ease congestion and to comply with security measures imposed over the main commemoration period. Also, due to the popularity of certain commemorations within the cordon, ticketing will be required in order to give veterans priority.
Q: Where is the Anti-Congestion Cordon and when is it in operation?
A: The cordon partially covers the regions of Calvados, Manche and Orne in Normandy from midnight on 4 June until midnight on 8 June 2014 (approximation on the map below). If you intend to enter this area between these times you, and the vehicle you travel in, must display an accreditation pass.
Q: I am a Normandy Veteran. Can I bring my partner/ carer/ family members/ friends?
A: Anyone can apply for accreditation to enter the Anti-Congestion Cordon and to attend D-Day 70 events; however priority will be given to veterans. At events, veterans with one guest/ carer will be given priority, with further guests and the general public will be accommodated on a first-come-first-served basis.
Q: I am a widow(er)/ offspring/ friend of a now deceased veteran. Can I attend?
A: Yes. However, please do bear in mind that due to the popularity of this year’s D-Day 70 events, priority is being given to veterans. Events do have a maximum capacity and we are working hard to make sure as many people can attend as possible.
Q: I’ve never needed to obtain accreditation passes/ tickets before when travelling to Normandy or when attending events. Why do I have to this year?
A: Due to the popularity of D-Day 70, and the sensitivity around veteran and National level representation, we and the French authorities must account for all British citizens attending events in Normandy during the anniversary period (5 – 8 June 2014). This will allow traffic congestion to be eased and security concerns to be addressed.
Q: Will I need tickets for every event I wish to attend?
A: An accreditation pass will be required to enter the Anti-Congestion Cordon. Certain events within the cordon will also require tickets, including:
- the Service of Remembrance at Bayeux Cathedral;
- the international ceremony organised by the French Government; and
- the service held by the Normandy Veterans Association at Arromanches-les-Bains.
The event at the Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery will be divided into areas for veterans (ticketed) and the general public. All are welcome to attend.
Q: When will I receive my accreditation pass/event tickets?
A: We must receive your application no later than 30 April 2014. We will endeavour to process your application as quickly as possible, but if you have not received passes and tickets by 26 May 2014, then please contact the MOD Ceremonial and Commemorations Team.
Q: I’m not going to be at my address to receive my accreditation pass/event tickets. Can I collect my passes in Normandy?
A: No. Due to the number of veterans wishing to attend events in Normandy, we will be unable to provide a collection point outside the Anti-Congestion Cordon. However, in an emergency, please contact the MOD Ceremonial and Commemorations Team and we will endeavour to help you if we can.
Q: I’ve attended services at Bayeux Cathedral before with my family and friends and have not required tickets. Why do I have to this year?
A: The Service of Remembrance at Bayeux Cathedral on 6 June is a focal event for British veterans, and is being organised by the Royal British Legion. There is a high demand for attendance at this event and ticketing is being allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis giving priority to veterans. Senior UK and French representatives will be in attendance and the event is expected to generate a significant amount of media coverage. Therefore, unless you have applied for and have received tickets, you be unable to attend the service. However, screens will be provided at the CWGC Bayeux Cemetery showing the Cathedral Service live for all those unable to attend.
Q: I only want to attend a small event away from the main commemorations which lies within the Anti-Congestion Cordon. Do I need accreditation?
A: Yes. All vehicles and their passengers entering the Anti-Congestion Cordon will need to be accredited with the vehicles displaying an accreditation pass. These will be checked by French Officials at certain points on routes around Normandy. We must receive your application no later than 30 April 2014 in order to process your application as quickly as possible. If you have not received passes and tickets by 26 May 2014, then please contact the MOD Ceremonial and Commemorations Team.
Q: If I have received my passes but am unable to attend can I give them to someone else?
A: All passes issued will be specific to the individual and are therefore non-transferable.
Q: Can I bring my own car?
A: All vehicles and their passengers entering the Anti-Congestion Cordon will need to be accredited and the vehicles must clearly display an accreditation pass. These will be checked by French Officials at certain points on routes around Normandy. To that end, you are encouraged to travel as part of a group or tour. The French Authorities will be providing a ‘Park-and-Ride’ service within the Anti-Congestion Cordon with details regarding this being made clear in the near future.
Q: Can I apply for funding assistance?
Veterans wishing to return to Normandy in June will be able to apply for financial support from the Big Lottery Fund, which last February extended its Heroes Return 2 scheme until December 2015. The scheme helps Second World War veterans and their spouses, widows and widowers, and accompanying helpers, to undertake commemorative visits. If you would like to apply, then please contact the Big Lottery Fund direct:
Tel: 0845 0000 121