I’ve selected this photo to represent the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. It’s my choice for day 13 of the Normandy Advent Calendar.
Normandy hosted many different types of events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The events also continued throughout the summer as towns and villages commemorated their liberation.
The majority of the events on 6th June concentrated on the five landing beaches, Bayeux and Caen. However, attending any of these events was primarily by invitation only. The events were very high profile because they were attended by veterans, veteran’s families and dignitaries.
Fortunately, the Brittany American Cemetery event was open to the public. The cemetery is near St James and is actually in Normandy near to the Brittany border. There’s already a Normandy American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.
So, I commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day here. I spotted the dates on the flag held by a French veteran and asked if I could take a photo. He agreed ‘avec plaisir’ and gave me a beaming smile.
I was so honoured to be a part of the commemorations that day. The service was in French and English and thanks were given to the American and French veterans. There was also plenty of music courtesy of numerous American marching bands.
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