Commemorations for the 75th anniversary of D-Day are imminent and the entire Normandy region is on the bridge to celebrate this duty of remembrance. The city of Caen is at the heart of the peace arrangements with the arrival on 5 June 2019 of Emmanuel Macron.
Highlights of the memorial marathon
Everything starts on June 5th across the Channel. An international ceremony is planned in Portsmouth, presided over by the Queen of England Elizabeth II and in the presence of Angela Merkel who created controversy by not coming to France.
The kickoff will be given in France at 6 p.m. with a tribute ceremony those executed in the Caen prison. A tribute to the Norman resistance that will celebrate the sacrifice of 85 people captured and shot by the German army.
On June 6th, at 8:30 a.m., Emmanuel Macron will visit the British memorial at Ver-sur-Mer in Bessin alongside Theresa May. He will lay the foundation stone of the new memorial; a last official act for the British Prime Minister whose resignation is expected the next day.
Then it's off to the Colleville-sur-Mer American cemetery with an air show, lunch in Caen with Donald Trump until the tribute ceremony at Colleville-Montgomery at 4:30 p.m. In this place full of memory and emotions, veteran centenarians present for these ceremonies, Jacques Lewis and Léon Gautier will pay tribute to the French commando Kieffer.
A region under high surveillance
The visit of many leading national and foreign authorities requires an impressive security setup and traffic restrictions will be applied. In the center of Caen, two areas are particularly affected and this as of June 4th: the area around the prefecture and the Memorial of Caen.
The area around the prefecture will be reopened at the end of the lunch between E. Macron and D. Trump which takes place in the building. The surroundings of the Memorial which will host a lunch orchestrated by E. Philippe will be divided into two areas: orange and red. All the information related to traffic, stickers and the Regulated Traffic Area can be found on the national website dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Liberation: https://75ans-liberation.fr/en/ and on the site of the Calvados prefecture: www. calvados.gouv.fr.
Disturbances in line with the stakes of these two exceptional days. The Normandy region is also organizing the 2nd edition of the Normandy World Peace Forum, which is taking place on June 4th and 5th 2019 in Caen at the Abbaye-aux-Dames. Normandy will shine with values of peace, freedom and human rights.
The housing solution in Caen
The Smartappart residence hotel has just inaugurated a new establishment in Caen. Located in the very center of town, at 17 place de la république, it offers 14 furnished and fully equipped apartments, from studio to one-bedroom, that are suited to any type of stay. A stone's throw from the famous landing beaches, you will be at ground zero to accompany the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of D-Day.