80th Anniversary of D-Day at Normandy American Cemetery


Thank you for joining us in honoring the service men and women who contributed to the success of the landings along the Normandy coast during World War II. 

On June 6, 2024, ABMC marked the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Approximately 10,000 people attended the ceremony at Normandy American Cemetery. An invocation by Chaplain (COL) Karen Meeker opened the commemoration, followed by a welcome to attendees by ABMC Secretary Charles K. Djou. 
Notable speakers included: 
President of French Republic, Emmanuel Macron 
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III 
President of the United States of America Joseph R. Biden, Jr. 
Watch the D-Day 80 Anniversary at Normandy American Cemetery livestream replay on ABMC’s YouTube channel
We also invite you to visit Normandy American Cemetery in 2024. 
When planning travel, if you are the family member of an individual who is buried or memorialized at Normandy American Cemetery or if you are traveling with a World War II veteran, please email NormandyVisits@abmc.gov and include that information in your email. 


For follow-up questions regarding the 80th anniversary of D-Day commemorative events at Normandy American Cemetery, please contact us at: dday80@abmc.gov, this email mailbox will be monitored until August 6, 2024, at which time both the email box and this landing page will sunset.   

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.


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 bring sufficient water and snacks for an all-day event. Water and snacks should be in disposable/recyclable containers, but NOT in glass or metal containers. Bottled water will be made available before the start of the event. 

Handicap access

The cemetery is wheelchair accessible.


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.


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


Porta Potty restrooms are available before and during the D-Day 80 ceremony. The visitors center will NOT be available to the public 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.