Highlights of the visit of the 29th Division to Normandy 2009

Photos: https://www.backtonormandy.org/commemorations/3689-commemoration-normandy-2009.html

Thursday, June 4th

1000 H        Omaha Beach – Green Dog Sector, Vierville Arrival for first ceremony with MG Grant Hayden and WWII Veterans of 29th ID.  Speeches in front of the National Guard Monument. 
1130 H        Ceremony at First CEMETERY MARKER – located on DOG RED OMAHA. Wreath laying by MG HAYDEN and Veteran. 
1700 H        Private wreath laying ceremony for 29th Division at American Cemetery at Colleville.  MG Grant HAYDEN, Speaker, Chaplain from 29th Division.  
1730 H        29th DIVISION SOLDIERS assist in lowering American flags.  

Friday, June 5th 
1115 H        Grandcamp – Maisy Meet at Monument for MOH Frank Peregory.  Ceremony at  Peregory Monument.  Speech by MG HAYDEN and BG KOPER.  
1515 H        Isigny. Meet Mayor of Isigny at Chuch in ISIGNY under plaque dedicated to 175th Regiment of the 29th ID.  Color Guard, Wreath Laying and Taps.  Visit to church and stained glass window with 29th insignia.  Speech by MG Hayden.
1730 H        Omaha Beach and National Guard Monument. (Dog Green sector in Vierville sur Mer). Dedication at National Guard Monument.  Greet Mayor Oxeant of Vierville and BG Koper and .  Flag ceremony with 29th ID soldiers, raising new flags.  Speech by veteran Hal Baumgarten and Jimmy Green of R.N. and President of National Guard Association.  

Saturday, June 6th     
0730H         Time on the Beach
0915H        Arrive to Signal Monument in St Laurent sur Mer
0945 H        Ceremonies at St Laurent-sur-Mer.  Signal Monument with all three beachhead mayors and French officials.  Wreath laying by Mayors, MG Grant, 1st and 29th ID veterans and taps.   
1500 H        American Cemetery at Colleville Ceremony.
1830H        Ceremonie at 29th ID Monument in Vierville-sur-Mer, Mayor Oxeant, Color Guard, Wreath Laying and Taps.  Speakers: MGeneral Hayden, Governor O’Malley of Maryland
2100 H        Band concert in St Lo. Music written to honor the events of 6/6/44 landings on Omaha Beach Dog Green and 29th Infantry Division. Also the music composed by Fred Vogels, Killing Fields will be played by the Holland Legion Band and Director Thom Working

Sunday, June 7th  
1200 H        Ceremony to unveil New Monument dedicated to the 175th Infantry Regiment who received Presidential Unit Citation for actions 16-18 June 44.  Mayor of Villiers Fossard, MG Hayden, Lt Col. Blair, WWII Veteran Steve Melnikoff,   Col. Whiteford’s family to unveil and assist with wreath laying.  
1430 H        Visit Hill 108  and hedgerows and the actual fields and hedgerows with historians who have  studied the battle.

Monday, June 8th

1030 H        Howie Memorial, Ceremony, St. Lo.  Greet Monsier le Maire Digard .  Color Guard, Wreath Laying and Taps.  Visit cemetery and 115th HQ.  Visit Church in St Croix . 

Tuesday, June 9th

1430 H      Ceremony on Hill 203. Speakers: Mayor COUSIN, MG HAYDEN, Color Guard, Wreath Laying and Taps.  
1600 H        Parade in Town of Vire, Mayor of Vire, Representative Cousin, Military Vehicles
1700 H        Ceremony in 6 JUNE SQUARE.
1800 H      Reception in Town Hall.  Mayor, MG Hayden, 29th ID Soldiers.  Veterans will be given a special medal of VIRE

Wednesday, June 10th  

1000 H        Ceremony with Mayor of Saint Clair-sur-Elle, speeches by Mayor, MG Hayden.  Color Guard, Wreath Laying and Taps.
1100H        Visit with high school students in Saint Clair sur elle.
1400 H        Dedication of new Town Square – “29th DIVISION SQUARE”  - in center of town.  Remarks by MG Hayden.  Color Guard.  
1530 H     St. Jean de Savigny, Site of Wall of Remembrance, dedicated to the 29th Division Veterans.  Remarks by MG Hayden, Frances Sherr-Davino.  Unveiling of new plaques.  

Thursday, June 11th 

0900 H     St James Cemetery.  Ceremonies at chapel and graveside, MOH Sherwood Hallman, MG Hayden. 

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