It's D-Day. Today marks the 76th anniversary of the D-Day landings - the largest seaborne invasion in history. Six thousand vessels carried over 130,000 troops to the Normandy beaches, and two thousand planes and gliders delivered a further 23,000 airborne troops behind enemy lines. By the end of the day over 150,000 allied servicemen had set up their lines in Nazi-occupied France. D-Day - the first battle of the liberation of Western Europe - was the beginning of the end of World War 2. June 6th is a day of commemoration, to remember and honor the lives lost - both military and civilian - on that fateful day. It is also a day of celebration for the people of the villages and towns that were liberated seventy-six years ago today - towns like Sainte-Mère-Eglise, Vierville-sur-Mer and Bénouville. So today, we'll witness solemn remembrance as well as joyful celebration - ceremonies as well as dances. And a fly-past from the French Air-force will paint the Normandy sky blue, white and red.
We'll be broadcasting on Facebook Live on Saturday and we hope you'll join us. Here's a link to the event. We'll be taking in Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Sainte-Mère-Eglise and the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.
Here's the program...
2.00pm Omaha Beach
2.25pm Alpha Jet flypast
2.30pm Ceremony, Vierville-sur-Mer
3.00pm US Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer
4.00pm Pointe du Hoc
5.45pm Utah Beach
See you there!