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Coronavirus: ceremonies and intimate on the beaches of the Landing to the 76th commemoration of D-Day

ceremonies of the 76th anniversary of the Normandy Landings on 6 June 1944, were held on Saturday behind closed doors and without veterans, in an atmosphere of formal due to the epidemic of Covid-19, which is in contrast with the festivities, and the crowd of 2019, has found the AFP.

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In Vierville-sur-Mer (Omaha Beach), one of the main theatres of the Landing, a ceremony inaugurated by two flybys of the Patrouille de France has gathered less than a hundred people, including the ambassadors of eight allied countries (United States, Canada, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Poland, Belgium, Norway, the netherlands) and Germany, in front of the Monument of the national Guard of the United States.

On-site, the State secretary to the minister for the Armed forces Geneviève Darrieussecq spoke of a ceremony, "simple, sober and strong." "This health crisis has forced us to revise the format of the ceremonies. What is important is that they take place, that there are representatives of all the countries and that we are all united by this memory that reminds us simply that soldiers have fought for the values of our republic, our freedom, our democracy," she told the press. Many ceremonies had to be cancelled this year due to the health environment.

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the raising of the flags and national anthems was followed by the traditional laying of a wreath. The ceremony ended with the rollover of a F15 and a tanker (american).

"June 6, 1944. The ultimate struggle is engaged. I think of those who, thousands of miles away from home, fought to liberate France alongside our fighters. Make block, in the name of Freedom. Never forget our heroes", has tweeted Emmanuel Macron.

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