80th Anniversary of D-Day at Normandy American Cemetery

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 is now open here. Admission is free but visitors will need tickets to access the ceremony. Tickets will be available through the end of May or until they are all claimed or until capacity is reached.

Media:
Media registration for this event is now open and will close on May 15, 2024. Please click here to register. This registration link is for media outlets only and will not provide general guest access to the 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 open only for the duration of the ceremony and solely to ticketed guests.

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. More information on requesting tickets and registration for the event will be made available on this webpage. 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. With the exception of water, visitors may not consume food and beverages within the cemetery grounds.

Security measures may require that no food and/or beverages be allowed inside the Normandy American Cemetery for the June 6, 2024 ceremony. Updates will be provided closer to the event.

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.