Avranches: the program for the 80th anniversary of the Liberation

Avranches: the program for the 80th anniversary of the Liberation
Avranches: the program for the 80th anniversary of the Liberation

By Editorial La Gazette de la Manche
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May 9, 24 at 7:16

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May

Sunday May 12. 11am | Place Carnot – 11:30 a.m. I Place Patton, The flame of freedom

The Way to Freedom is the route followed by the 3rd American Army commanded by General Patton during World War II. Marked by a series of kilometer markers, it commemorates the victory of the Allies and the liberation of France, Belgium and Luxembourg. In order to bring France’s recognition to its two allies, the Flame of Liberty will be taken on May 8 from the tomb of the unknown soldier and transported to the United Kingdom and then to the United States. She will cross France in a convoy accompanied by 44 young French people. This initiative is placed under the patronage of Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic. On May 12, the stage is planned in Avranches.

More information: https://laflammedelaliberte.com

Saturday May 25. 3 p.m. > 4:30 p.m. | Departure Scriptorial – 6 Place d’Estouteville guided tour “The notebooks of Albert Bergevin”

The town of Avranches can be visited through the personal notebooks of Albert Bergevin and more precisely pages written during the war.

€5 | By registration | 02 33 79 57 00 | [email protected]

June

Thursday June 6. 7:44 p.m. | The bells of freedom

All the bells in the Channel will ring loudly on June 6 at 7:44 p.m., to commemorate the Landing of June 6, 1944. Residents everywhere are invited to gather around the churches. In Avranches, it will be on the square in front of Notre Dame des Champs.

Thursday June 6. Schedule to be confirmed opening of the exhibition The war notebooks of Albert Bergevin

Second part of the exhibition dedicated to the painter Albert Bergevin at the Scriptorial museum, some drawings and texts from the painter’s “war notebooks” dating from the period from 1939 to 1945 provide a moving account of the occupation, the bombings and then the liberation d’Avranches, which he lived as a resident of a historic district of the city. An outdoor exhibition to see until the end of September in the streets of Avranches.

Friday June 7. 10 a.m. – Parisy School | 10:30 a.m. – station monument | 11 a.m. – Jardin des Plantes | 11:30 a.m. – Place Littré patriotic ceremony “Victims of the bombings”

On June 7, 1944, around 2:30 p.m., the town of Avranches was seriously hit by American air raids, destroying half of the town and killing hundreds of civilians. Each year, the town pays tribute to these victims through a patriotic ceremony taking place in different places in the city.

Friday June 7 | From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Town hall council room – Place Littré. Conference Avranches & Le Mont-Saint-Michel: from occupation to liberation

During the occupation, approximately 325,000 German soldiers visited Mont Saint-Michel which was a popular tourist destination. The rest of the territory is also subject to occupation, with restrictive rules and requisitions for the benefit of the occupier. On June 6, 1944, the Allies landed in Normandy. After liberating northern Cotentin, the Americans launched Operation Cobra to take Avranches. On the night of July 30 to 31, the famous battle of Mont Jarry took place. As for the commune of Mont-Saint-Michel, it was journalists who were the first to arrive there on August 1.

Free | Without reservation | All public | 02 33 60 78 43 | [email protected]

Tuesday June 18. 11am | Place Littré patriotic ceremony: General de Gaulle’s appeal

On June 18, General de Gaulle launched an appeal to continue the fight from England, marking what is today considered the founding act of Free France. Celebrated every year since 1941, this commemoration has been officially established since 2006 as a “national day commemorating the historic call of General de Gaulle to refuse defeat and to continue the fight against the enemy”.

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Wednesday June 26. From 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Restaurant Le Littré – 8 rue Docteur Gilbert culinary show: Variation

Culinary heritage is above all local traditions, know-how and the particularities of a region and an era. By bringing together a storyteller, a chef and a musician, this show stages, in music and in the mouth, the history of food around a recipe which will be tasted at the end of the event. This year, for the

80th anniversary of the Liberation, the choice fell on food under the Occupation. Restrictions, ersatz, black market and resourcefulness are the daily life of the French. However, on this evening of June 26, 1944, there was hope with the landing of the Americans who had already arrived near Cherbourg. We then begin to dream of feasts and new products from the United States of America…

Price: €5.50 | By registration via the Tourist Offices | From 8 years old | 02 33 60 78 43 | [email protected]

Saturday June 29. From 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Scriptorial – 6 place d’Estouteville guided tour “The notebooks of Albert Bergevin”

The town of Avranches can be visited through the personal notebooks of Albert Bergevin and more precisely pages written during the war.

€5 | By registration | 02 33 79 57 00 | [email protected]

July

July 10, 17, 24 and 31. Guided tour “The notebooks of Albert Bergevin” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., departure from Scriptorial

The town of Avranches can be visited through the personal notebooks of Albert Bergevin and more precisely pages written during the war.

€5 | By registration | 02 33 79 57 00 | [email protected]

Wednesday July 31. Avranches liberated 80 years ago

  • 3:30 p.m. | Patton Place Patriotic Ceremony
  • 4 p.m.-4:15 p.m. | Rue de la Constitution parade of vehicles and figures from the 2nd Armored in Europe.

2nd Armored: around fifty vehicles (reconnaissance and/or combat) and more than 200 people in American costumes from Patton’s 3rd company were invited to travel the south of the Channel from July 31 to August 7 to retrace the journeys of the soldiers of the 3rd and 4th American armored divisions. Thanks to quality reconstructions (camps and battles), commemorations, passages of military convoys, they will offer a real immersion in time and times of rich exchanges with the public, and in particular in Avranches for its celebration of the Release.

  • 4:30 p.m. | Place Littré patriotic ceremony
  • 6 p.m. | Place Carnot & Jardin des Plantes great celebration of the liberation of Avranches

Ballroom floors and banquet tables light up to celebrate the Liberation of the city. 7 p.m.: Concert by Free Gospel singers 10 p.m. to midnight: Liberation ball with the group Flashback. Catering in the chalets at Place Carnot. With the participation of musicians from the Breezy Brass Quintet

August

  • 1st of August. In Fougerolles, re-enactment of the Avranches breakthrough. A battle which will involve several hundred re-enactors of the 2nd Armored in Europe. This great spectacle will be held in Fougerolles, close to historic sites since the occupying troops and the Allies clashed around the Gilbert Bridge, on Mont Jarry and in the “M”.

Wednesdays August 7, 14, 21, 28. Scriptorial – guided tour | »The notebooks of Albert Bergevin «

The town of Avranches can be visited through the personal notebooks of Albert Bergevin and more precisely pages written during the war.

€5, upon registration at 02 33 79 57 00

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