Plymouth embraces our friends from around the world
From the 28th April until the 8th June Plymouth Welcomes veterans from around the World to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the D-Day landings Have a look at our itinerary and see if you can make it to any of these dates. Make yourself known to the committee via our email service.
2004 is the 60th anniversary of D-Day, when thousands of British and American troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, in the huge operation which led to the liberation of France and ultimately to victory in Europe and the end of the Second World War. Thousands of soldiers, seamen and airmen gave their lives in the cause of freedom and their sacrifice has never been forgotten. They, and their comrades who survived, are remembered in a number of museums, memorials and cemeteries to be found in and around Caen, which tell the story of, and pay tribute to, the heroism, courage and tragedy which unfolded during those fateful days of June 1944. There is a very strong sense of history among these now peaceful towns and beaches and it is a very moving but most rewarding experience to visit them.
One of finest the Pegasus Bridge Airborne Museum, near Caen. This was the first part of France to be liberated by British and American troops in June 1944 and the museum tells the story of the 6th (Airborne) Division. Further along the coast, past the Sword, Juno and Gold landing beaches, is Arromanches. The permanent commemorative exhibition in front of the remains of the artificial port, known as Mulberry Harbour, from which thousands of tons of supplies were landed. Nearby in Bayeux, where the famous tapestry tells the story of an earlier invading army, and the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum, situated near the British cemetery. The American contribution is also remembered at Sainte Mère Eglise, the Omaha Museum and the “Pointe du Hoc”, one of Germany’s strongest fortifications which was captured on the morning of 6 June by Colonel Rudder’s Rangers.