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A series of major commemorations is planned in the first week of June to mark this historic occasion, with events planned in the UK and at various locations along the Normandy coast.

This briefing outlines the plans for the official D-Day commemorations.

UK commemorations

The UK’s National Commemorative Event will be held in Portsmouth, while the UK’s main commemorative event in France will take place at the British Normandy Memorial at Ver-sur-Mer, overlooking Gold Beach.

It is the first time, during a major commemorative year, that this event will take place at the memorial following its official opening in 2021.

Other commemoration events

Events will also take place at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Bayeux War Cemetery in Normandy, the final resting place of 4,144 members of British and Commonwealth service personnel who died during the Normandy Landings.

More information about the 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings and commemorative events is provided on the D-Day 80 website.

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