Below is a list of some of the key British Airborne commemoration events in Normandy for 2019.
Please note that all these details are subject to confirmation and change. Please confirm with the organisers of these events before making any bookings or plans.
Tuesday 4th June 2019
10.00 Informal visit to Brucourt cemetery to lay a wreath on grave of GPR pilot
11.00 Service at St Vaast-en-Auge. Service and wreath laying for GPR pilots. Vin d’honneur afterwards in village hall. Open to all.
12.00 BBQ at town hall. Invite only
18.00 Trois Planeurs bar (3 planes bar opposite Café Gondree)
18.00 Airborne Angel singing
19.00 Ringwood Pipers playing
Wednesday 5th June 2019
10.00 Memorial Pegasus Museum Park. 52nd Group Ox and Bucks Regiment Ceremony and wreath laying at the Veterans Charity Glider stones in the grounds of the museum with the Rifles Cadets. Glider Pilot Regiment Society will be laying a wreath here.
11.00 Memorial Pegasus Museum Park. French and English commemoration service and wreath laying on the grass between the museum and the old bridge with combined UK Police Band. Including Legion d'Honneur presentations. Afterwards a Vin d’honneur to meet veterans and each other.
14 00 Police band concert in Memorial Pegasus museum grounds
15.00 Fiona Harrison concert on Esplanade on a WWII lorry.
16.00/16.30 Daks over Normandy – mass parachute drop over Ranville
18.00 Gather at rear of town Hall (Salle Polyvalente), Benouville. Combined UK Police band concert. A welcome from Mayor and Council of Benouville. Open to all
20.00 Mayors meal at Town Hall. Invite only
22.00 Concert on Esplanade overlooking landing zone by Band of Liberation
23.30 Midnight ceremony at landing zone. Major John Howards original ‘Talking the Gliders Down’ speech from 1986 in English and French followed by a champagne toast. If you wish at join us here, please tell the people on the gate that you are with the Glider Pilot Regiment Society. Also bring some fizz or drink with you.
Thursday 6th June 2019
10.30 Ranville Churchyard for wreath laying at grave of Den Brotheridge
10.30 March from Benouville town hall to church cemetery with school children to lay flowers
11 00 Ranville Military Cemetery for Airborne Service. This service will clash with the arrival of the runners at Pegasus Bridge, so you need to choose which event you wish to attend.
11.30 Veteran’s Charity Run to Pegasus runners arrive at the landing zone by Pegasus Bridge with Mayor, council members and many friends and family.
12.30/45 Meet at front of old Town Hall in Benouville for veterans and families to parade down to the Signals Memorial
13 00 Service at Signals Memorial by the new bridge for wreath laying ceremony with veterans of the Ox and Bucks Regiment and 7th Para. Friends and families, cadets, and Mayor and Council of Benouville.
13 00 Run to Pegasus runners head off by coach from museum to River Dives Bridge for unveiling of a plaque to 22 platoon , and all those who landed on Glider 4, (Glider Pilots S/Sgt Lawrence and S/Sgt Shorter) who landed there in error on D-Day June 44. The runners will then march back to Pegasus Bridge to complete their challenge. (due to arrive back about 17.30/18.00)
13.00/13.15 Ceremony and Inauguration ‘Pegasus Bridge Peace Bridge Between Peoples’ on Pegasus Bridge. 400 children greet the veterans. 75 doves of peace released to mark the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Mayor and Council of Benouville, veterans of the Ox and Bucks and 7th Para. Choir and Tenor. A meeting of the old and young for the transmission of values of peace and freedom.
13 30/13.45 ish Service at 7th Para Memorial. New monument near the town hall.
14.15/30 ish Vin d’honneur at town hall. Salle Polyvalente, Benouville for community, Veterans and friends.
17.30/18 00 Memorial Pegasus Museum, at the Veterans Charity Glider Stones. Ceremony to mark the end of ‘Run to Pegasus’ followed by a Vin d’honneur kindly provided by the museum.
20.30/20.45 Emma Brown (soprano). free concert at Benouville Chateau and fireworks
22.00-23.15 Concert by tenor Jose Todaro at Benouville Chateau.
Friday 7th June
10.00 Glider Pilot Regiment Society service and wreath laying at middle landing zone plaque at Pegasus Bridge. Accompanied by Ringwood Pipes and Drums and UK Police Band.
11.30 Arrival on bridge of 200 french soldiers and 400 schoolchildren who have marched from Amfreville.
15.30 Brucourt Church service (TBC)
18.30 Fiona Harrison. Concert on Esplanade
19.00 Military vehicles (location TBA)
Saturday 8th June
Sunday 9th June
23.30 Fireworks along all the beaches.