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Celebrating D Day 2008

My husband and a group of American cyclists from Heidelberg and Kaiserslautern, Germany, and Belgium participated in the 2008 Liberty Trail Bicycle Ride in Normandy to commemorate D Day. It was a 3-day event starting and ending in Periers, traversing several towns and covering a total of 362 kilometers. To experience the many celebrations in the area was a very moving experience, even for me as a non-rider. My perception of the French people changed dramatically. They, in that region, were very receptive and warm towards Americans. They welcomed us with open arms with their small town hospitality.

For the three days, 6-8 June, many towns across the area had celebrations. American flags were flown all over the place, and in private homes as well. There were parades showcasing old American military vehicles, wreath-laying ceremonies, and many locals in their WWII period costumes came out to join in the revelry. Music of the period played in the background, giving one a feeling of being in that point in time when victory was declared. I could feel their gratitude towards the Americans, who on that day came to save them from the ruthless German rule.

In Cauquigny, there was a re-enactment of the paratrooper drops right on the field where it actually happened. An American vet, one of the few surviving original paratroopers, goes back to the town every year for the ceremony. I had the honor of meeting him.

We would go back again, given the opportunity. Unfortunately, 2008 may sadly be the last Liberty Trail Bicycle Tour in Periers.

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The Town Hall of Periers.

The Opening Ceremony

We were in Periers for the 2008 Liberty Trail Bicycle Tour, in which my husband participated. The ride started and ended in Periers. The first day of the ride on 6 June commenced with a morning service and a ceremony in the church. Some school children sang in the choir. Most of the towns people were in attendance. It was a moving ceremony, probably more so if I understood what was spoken.

  • Last visit to Périers: Jun 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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