80th Anniversary of D-Day at Normandy American Cemetery

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June 6, 2024, will mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings along the Normandy coast during World War II. This event, which ultimately led to the liberation of Europe, will be commemorated at Normandy American Cemetery.

Tickets: The D-Day 80 commemorative event ticket request portal has now closed as capacity has been reached. All visitors will need tickets to access the ceremony. Visitors should send their requests for tickets to dday80@abmc.gov and they will be placed on a waiting list.

Media: Media registration for this event is now closed. For additional information regarding D-Day, Normandy American Cemetery, and ABMC leadership biographies, please see the Press Kit. 

Please note that Normandy American Cemetery’s ceremony on June 6, 2024, is not the international ceremony. The ABMC is not the correct point of contact for this event. 

Date: June 5, 2024

Cemetery Operation Status: The Normandy American Cemetery will be closed to the public. 

Additional Information: Guests should schedule visits on a different date.

Date: June 6, 2024

Cemetery Operation Status: The Normandy American Cemetery will be closed to the general public for the entire day on June 6. Only ticketed guests will have access to the cemetery on June 6.

For ticketed guests who will attend the ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery on June 6, take note of the following restrictions:

•    Prohibited Items: Weapons of any kind, explosives, firearms, aerosols, ammunition, camera tripods, umbrellas, animals, drones, glass/thermal/metal containers, laser pointers, mace/pepper spray, signs, knives, luggage/suitcases, whole fruit, any hazardous items. 

•    Picnics and coolers are not allowed, but guests should plan to bring sufficient water and small snacks for a nearly all-day event. More updates on this will be provided before the event if security requirements change, so monitor this website until June 6.

•    Recommended items: Hat, rain poncho, sunscreen, sunglasses, water (no glass/metal).
 
The entire coast of Calvados and La Manche, from Caen, to Bayeux, to St. Lo, will be closed to private vehicles starting at 6 a.m. on the morning of June 6. French authorities will only allow access for escorted buses and official vehicles with French-issued vehicle passes. For more information go to: FAQ - Restricted Traffic Zone (RTZ) and sticker application
 
There is no parking at Normandy American Cemetery for any vehicles on June 6. Ticketed guests must be part of a French-organized bus transportation program to access the cemetery. All buses will be coordinated at central staging points where security sweeps will be conducted on the buses.  
 
These staging areas include:

•    Parc des expositions in Caen (Calvados)
•    Parking of « Bayeux Aventure » in Cussy, near Bayeux (Calvados)
•    Parc des expositions in Saint-Lo (Manche)

After security checks at these staging areas, these buses will be escorted by French police directly to the Cemetery. Buses will drop off passengers and then depart the cemetery to park at locations away from the cemetery. Buses will return for passenger pickup after the end of the ceremony.  
 
Any individual cars or vehicles that have been provided access to the restricted coastal zone by the French authorities, or which were already inside the restricted zone prior to the closure, will not be able to access the cemetery unless they have been to a centralized security staging area for security checks. All vehicles are subject to these security checks and must then join a police-escorted convoy to access the cemetery. None of these vehicles will be allowed to remain inside the cemetery parking lot after drop-off, so drivers will have to remove the vehicles to sites away from the cemetery. These rules have been mandated by French security authorities to ensure the safety of the public.
 
ABMC is only responsible for issuing tickets to visitors for the U.S. ceremony inside the Normandy American Cemetery, and for the management of visitors once they are INSIDE the cemetery. All ground transportation between the cemetery and any other location is the responsibility of French authorities, from pre-selected staging areas.  

Additional Information: D-Day 80 commemorative event tickets are not available for purchase. Entry will be limited to ticketed guests only and is free of charge. Please continue to monitor this page frequently for further updates.

For questions regarding the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of D-Day, please contact us at: dday80@abmc.gov.  If you are the family member of an individual who is buried or memorialized in Normandy American Cemetery or traveling with a World War II veteran, please include that information in your email.

Email Notification: ABMC employees are unable to send communication via email to "@free.fr" email accounts. Please use an alternate email address when communicating with Normandy American cemetery staff, provide an alternate method to contact you within your email or contact the cemetery by telephone

Frequently Asked Questions

Directions to site

Standard travel routes and access to the site will be restricted on Jun 6, 2024.

Travel directions for The Normandy American Cemetery D-Day 80 Commemoration will be provided to all registrants/ticket holders. Please monitor this webpage frequently for updates.

Drone policy

A film permit is required to use a drone.

Food

ABMC cemeteries, monuments, and memorials are pristine national shrines, for the purpose of remembrance and commemoration.

Picnics and coolers are not allowed, but guests should plan to bring sufficient water and small snacks for a nearly all-day event. More updates on this will be provided before the event if security requirements change, so monitor this website until June 6.

Handicap access

The cemetery is wheelchair accessible.

Lodging

ABMC cannot provide lodging recommendations but there are various lodging options within a 30-minute drive of the cemetery.

Due to high visitation in June 2024, lodging options will be limited along the coastline.

Personal transportation

Parking will not be authorized inside the Normandy American Cemetery on June 6, 2024. Attendees must take shuttles to access the cemetery grounds. Information about the shuttle system will be communicated to registered guests closer to the event date.

Photography/Videography

Personal photos are allowed throughout the cemetery grounds. We remind visitors that our cemeteries are sacred places of remembrance and commemoration, therefore, please make sure that the photos you take are respectful of the site and the men and women buried and commemorated within. Photos of a non-commemorative nature including tik-tok videos, wedding photos, political advocacy, publicity, or for influencer promotion are not acceptable. Any videos or photography for commercial/media purposes must be requested in advance through the ABMC public affairs office through a film permit. A film permit is also required for official film and photography shoots, and for any visitors, media or organizations wishing to use a drone.

Reenactors

Reenactors and vintage military vehicles will not be allowed inside the cemetery grounds on June 6, 2024.

Restrooms

Porta Potty restrooms are available before and during the D-Day 80 ceremony. The visitor center and public toilet buildings are accessible only after the ceremony.

Service dogs

Our cemeteries are the resting places of thousands of fallen American service members. To ensure our sacred sites are kept at the highest standard possible, the only animals allowed within cemeteries and memorials are specially trained guide dogs or other service dogs accompanying individuals with disabilities. We ask that owners of these animals maintain proper decorum. Animals needing to relieve themselves must be taken outside of the viewshed of the plot areas and the owner must remove any waste from the site. Ultimately, the cemetery staff will determine whether a service dog may access the cemetery, therefore, visitors wishing to bring service dogs should contact the cemetery prior to visiting. Visitors may contact the cemetery staff via phone or NormandyVisits@abmc.gov to get available updates and information.

Water fountains

Water fountains are part of the restroom complexes and cannot be used before and during the D-Day 80 ceremony. The visitor center and public toilet buildings are accessible only after the ceremony.