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     Sainte Mère Eglise : a name which was, on the early hours of the 6th of June 1944, on every teletype of the entire world. It became a synonym of Hope for the Europe slaved under the Nazism. Everyone wanted to situated this 1st liberated village on the Normand Map where already the French flag was flying in the Heart of the half island of Le Cotentin which smelled of nice meadows, west winds and folkloristic souvenirs of the Viking invasions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

    While on the beaches, the beginning of this « Longest Day » vast assaults took place (forming the greatest invasion of all times) inhabitants von Sainte Mère Eglise fraternized already since a few hours with the Americans paratroopers. But during the morning, everything changed, the German respond call us back to the difficult realities of these times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     But the History of Sainte Mère Eglise has not start with the Landing. Before knowing this celebrity, its past starts at the Middle Ages with the One Hundred Years War, religious wars, the existence of a great protestant community in the 17th Century, the Revolution Française, les Chouans, and the municipal life during the 2nd Empire.Today, the Sainte Mère Eglise Canton stays the approved homeland of a great horse race (Normand Saddle).

    Its Landing Museum is alo one of the most visited in Basse Normandie. Thousands of visitors come every year just before tasting the charm of various and lighted landscapes, from mysterious marchlands to the fine sand beaches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

         Musée Airborne Sainte-Mère-Eglise                                                                                 Plage d'Utah Beach

   We will not forget these youngs with age 20 who have become today 80 : these paratroopers who landed in our village during the night of the 6th of June. For the 50th Anniversary, a few US veterans made one last jump above our town. They took back once more their galloons and uniforms from the wardrobe, and, as soon as they landed, have been welcome by the television journalists, and applause. But this time celebrating music was played instead of the tocsin that belled constantly in the night of the 6th of June 1944

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              Cimetière américain de Colleville                                                                                          Omaha Beach

 

 

 

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