THE INAUGURATION
ASSOCIATION NORMANDY 44 - 90th US DIVISION


June 4, 2000 • The Day of the Unveiling !

Inauguration
on June 4, 2000 in Périers

Ceremonies

We want this inauguration to be attended by as many Veterans as possible. It is now someway difficult, for obvious reasons, to hope the meeting of important groups of a same battle unit. We know however that several American families have already booked for that date.

You plan to attend the inauguration
on June 4, 2000 in Périers :
read our
Practical Hints !

 

Thursday, June 1

Friday, June 2
FREEDOM

Saturday, June 3
HISTORY

Sunday, June 4
MEMORY

Monday, June 5

Tuesday, June 6

Wednesday, June 7

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Thursday JUNE 1, 2000

Schedule

Confirmation

Activity

12:00

Confirmed

Arrival of a group of 50 Germans coming from Fallingbostel, city twinned with Périers. Welcome at the City-Hall

14:00

Confirmed

Opening of the exhibition in the lounges of the City-Hall. Inside a Norman farm at the beginning of the 20eth Century. Opening hours from 10 am to 12 am and from 2 pm to 6 pm. Continuous opening on Saturday. Entrance fee : 10 F

15:00 to 18:00

Confirmed

Distribution of the jackets to the 350 riders engaged in the 3 days for freedom bicycle ride

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Friday JUNE 2, 2000 • FREEDOM

Schedule

Confirmation

Activity

09:00

Confirmed

Exhibition and parade of WWII vehicles

09:00

Confirmed

Mass for the participants to the bicycle Ride 3 Days for Freedom.

09:45

Confirmed

Setting of the bikers inside of the Parc Tollemer, then parade through Périers

10:00

Confirmed

Speeches by Officials in front of the City Hall, then start of the bikers.
At the same time, departure of a group of German and some guides by car, to visit Tatihou island

10:30

Confirmed

Vin d'Honneur for VIP's

15:55

Confirmed

Arrival of the bikers at Saint-Sébastien-de-Raids, where a friendship drink is offered by the Municipality

18:00

Confirmed

Arrival of the bikers at the FallingbostelPlatz, where they join Frenches, school children, and German visitors, for a new inauguration of this place, now arranged to reproduce in Périers a typical landscape of our twinned city : The Lüneburger Heide (Luneburg's Moor)

18:30

Confirmed

Friendship drink prepared by the neighbouring residents of the FallingbostelPlatz

19:30

Confirmed

Return to downtown, in Périers's restaurants, or under the big top for those who wish to have their meal while listening to the PJBG (Périers Jazz Band Junior)

22:30

Confirmed

Show "between Rivers Seves and Taute, our history" (first performance)
History oriented night show , ahead of the church.
Périers through the centuries : from Prehistory to Year 2000

A central cash desk will deliver tickets at the last minute, but be careful, the total number of spectators is limited for safety reasons, it is therefore advisable to buy your entrance ticket in advance
Reservations : City Hall entrance - 02.33.76.54.80
on May 29 - 30 - 31 from 2 to 6 PM
on June 1st from 10 to 12 AM

Show : Ticket fee 55 F - seated 50 F standing - 35 F from 14 to 20 years old - free up to 13 years old - Sunday Banquet : 100 F

All people are advised by the Organization staff that an intense sound will let think of Périers's bombing on June 2 and 3 around midnight. Please warn sensitive people

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Saturday JUNE 3, 2000 • HISTORY
Norman traditional day

Schedule

Confirmation

Activity

07:00

Confirmed

Start of the second stage for bikers of 3 Days for Freedom

07:30

Confirmed

Opening of the usual Saturday Market in city, in the area of the small hall for all the Products of the Soil and in the Park Tollemer for the craftsmen who accepted to show their old professions.
Milling equipment for grain, butter, and merry-go-round horses will be installed in various places in the heart of our Town. Arino and his barrel organ, two traditional groups and the Municipal Band will perform animation downtown.
Parkings will be will be marked out and fitted out in the four entrances of the city, at Mrs Letellier on Coutances's road, at the Fairage, on the Place of the Précourerie and in the yard of the primary school, on street François Leconte. Carts and bangers will make buns towards the city.
In noon, numerous points of traditional restoration will be held by the Périers's storekeepers who will suggest you sampling their typical meals (tripes, potées, petit salé, boudin...)

12:00

Confirmed

The Fire brigade manages for us a new surprise with an operation like in the old days, they have already prepared

Afternoon

Confirmed

During the whole afternoon, in city and in the Park Tollemer, different animations :

  • The work in the farm in 1930, with hand milking, hay making, auction sale, the day of the pig...
  • Medieval animation with knights' tournaments, bear trainer, juggleries...
  • The carts and the bangers will perform the visit of our city
  • The merry-go-round horses will entertain the children but also the adults
  • The Museum of the Cycle will be opened
  • The craftsmen will work right before you till 18 hours.

16:00

Confirmed

Arrival of the American delegation, composed with relatives of the 4 Gi's, with WWII Veterans, their guides, and many VIP's (120 persons)

16:00

Confirmed

Parade with ancient vehicles, and Norman wedding of the 1940's

17:45

Confirmed

Return of the bikers of the Way of the Freedom in front of the City-Hall

18:00

Confirmed

Ceremony in the War memorial, in honour of the Liberation of our Town and of Périers's bombardments and of its 127 victims

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19:00

Confirmed

Possibility again to eat under the big top, in a musical atmosphere

22:30

Confirmed

Show "between Rivers Seves and Taute, our history" (second performance)
History oriented night show , ahead of the church.
Périers through the centuries : from Prehistory to Year 2000

All people are advised by the Organization staff that an intense sound will let think of Périers's bombing on June 2 and 3 around midnight. Please warn sensitive people

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Sunday JUNE 4, 2000 • MEMORY

Schedule

Confirmation

Activity

06:45

Confirmed

Start of participants to the bicycle Ride 3 Days for Freedom in front of the City hall, for their last Day

10:00

Confirmed

In the Périers's church, and outdoors, great mass concelebrated by Monseigneur Jacqueline, Apostolic Nouncio, and the Abbot Joseph-René Desvages, Priest of Périers.
80 chorus-singers, of Périers, Trouville and Deauville accompanied by Mr Pasquier, at the organ, and conducted by Marguerite Rioult, will perform a Chapentier's mass in the presence of the Americans, the Germans and of numerous authorities of our region. An outside sound system will be placed.

11:15

Confirmed

Parade with the American Music and the Municipal Band towards the Monument of the 90th US Division US for the inauguration, in front of Tollemer House.

12:00

Confirmed

Inauguration of the Monument of the 90th US Division.
Great official ceremony, very moving, where the families of the soldiers represented by the four statues, the Veterans, their companions, the French, American and German officials, the musics, the guards of honour and the inhabitants will take place according to a very accurate protocol.

13:30

Confirmed

Vin d'honneur offered by Périers municipality to all the guests

14:00

Confirmed

Banquet under the big top : Meal opened to all (participation 100 Francs, on booking)

16:30

Confirmed

Musical serenade interpreted by Périers and Rémilly harmony, under the small hall.

17:00

Confirmed

Placing of final parade with all the participants these three days, going from Périers's entrance on Coutances's road, to welcome the return of the bikers who will have riden through 500 kilometres from the North to the South of our department

18:00

Confirmed

Municipal thanks, the discount of medals for the Walkers and glass of the friendship

19:00

Confirmed

Vin d'honneur offered by the Way of the Freedom to all the members of the organization and to VIP's

20:30

Confirmed

Free concert by the American Band, at the Civic Center, near the City-Hall

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Monday JUNE 5, 2000

Schedule

Confirmation

Activity

All day long

Confirmed

Free day for the Americans.
Free visit of their fighting places : Sainte-Mère-Eglise, le Mont-Castre (Hill 122), Beaucoudray (Le Plessis-Lastelle).
Americans coming with package tours will have to check with their own guide

7:00

Confirmed

Our Fallingbostel's friends will leave back for a long route of 15 hours

9:45

Confirmed

Brief ceremony at the Low Water Ford at Seves Island

11:00

Confirmed

Ceremony at the Monument of the 90th in the Plessis-Lastelle (Beaucoudray)

16:00

Confirmed

At Utah-Beach : Speech, Wreath-laying, Taps, Military Parade

16:30

Confirmed

At Utah-Beach : Reception and vin d'honneur with Veterans at the D-Day Landing Museum

19:00

Confirmed

Goodbye diner offered by Americans to their French receiving families (2 guests per family) - Not yet defined location

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Tuesday JUNE 6, 2000

Schedule

Confirmation

Activity

All day long

Confirmed

Free day for the Americans.
Free visit of their fighting places : Omaha-Beach Normandy Cemetery, La Cambe German Cemetery, Pointe du Hoc and maybe Arromanches and Bayeux Tapestry.
Americans coming with package tours will have to check with their own guide

about 19:00

Confirmed

Back to Périers and meal of Americans with their hosting family

Discover the official ceremonies program of June 6, 2000

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Wednesday JUNE 7, 2000

Schedule

Confirmation

Activity

Morning

Under reserves

Departure of Americans towards Paris, via Mount-Saint-Michel.
Meeting place : in front of the City Hall

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