D-Day 77th Anniversary
Compiled by DDAY.CENTER, the most comprehensive list of events to remember D-Day and the Battle of Normandy
Welcome to DDAY.CENTER's dedicated website for events being held to commemorate the 77th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Whilst most events take place in France, some remembrance services and other events also occur in the UK, United States and Canada. Each year, thousands of people descend on the French region of Normandy to pay homage to the soldiers, sailors and airmen who took part in D-Day, Operation Overlord and the Battle of Normandy. Veterans and their families, political figures, re-enactors, military vehicle enthusiasts and thousands of other men, women and children pay tribute to the those who fought to liberate Europe, and to remember those who never returned.
Of course, due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, 2020 saw the 76th Anniversary marked in a very different way. With public gatherings cancelled, ceremonies, if held at all, were small affairs with just a handful of guests and dignitaries laying wreaths. As with everything else in 2020, remembering the events of 1944 moved online. One of the best events was organised by historian and battlefield guide Paul Woodadge through his WW2TV YouTube channel. With roving reporters and a host of guests, Paul streamed live for around 15 hours. Sadly, the last few hours of the stream failed to archive, but the first 12 hours are still available and well worth watching.
The organisers of D-Day events include local authorities, museums, private clubs and larger organisations. There is no single official listing encompassing all commemorations. Several years ago, we decided to compile our own guide using numerous publicly available sources with the intention of providing our visitors with as comprehensive a resource as possible.
As the information provided here is based on third-party sources we regret that we cannot be held responsible for cancelled events or incorrect details. Wherever possible we try to include the contact details for the organisations responsible for arranging each event. As new events are confirmed we will add the details to this site, so if you know of a #DDAY77 event taking place that we've not listed here then please get in touch and let us know.
Please remember, we are not affiliated with any of the organisations mentioned here, nor do we take part in organising any events directly. We are not able to help you get press accreditation or provide any assistance for taking part in an event. The information provided on this site is for reference only.
The D-Day Anniversary Events website you are currently viewing is a companion for our main D-Day Center website at www.dday.center. There you will find much more information on the history of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, along with details about some of the people and technology involved. We also have a glossary, some facts and figures and a detailed timeline of events.
You will also find practical information on how to get to Normandy, details on all of the cemeteries and museums, as well as a few of our favourite places to stay and to eat, plus much more. The website has been around since 2014, but we have been visiting Normandy for many years and attending the annual D-Day Anniversary commemorations in Normandy for over 15 years.