The land on which the Bayeux War Cemetery was founded was given to the UK by France in recognition of the sacrifices made in the defense and liberation of Europe. Last year I visited this Commonwealth war cemetery – an incredibly moving experience. I was touched by how tranquil and beautiful the place was.
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, today, a specially crafted ‘Bell of Peace’ will be blessed in an official ceremony at Bayeux Cathedral. Both civilian and inter-religious personalities will be attending along with the bell’s nine godmothers or godfathers of many different nationalities.
From 7pm there will be theatrical visits of the Bayeux hospital centre where young actors will perform regularly until the end of July. Bayeux was not bombed but the village’s schools were turned into makeshift hospitals.
As if there wasn’t already lots going on here, at 9pm, 45 choir singers from Arizona’s Sonoran Desert Chorale will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in the ‘Gratitude and Peace Concert’. The choir is one of the best in the Southern Western United States and through their music, hope to express their hope for a more peaceful world.
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