D-Day 80, 6 June 2024

‘D-Day 80’ marks the  80th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, a pivotal moment in history. The bravery and sacrifice of those who participated in this operation impacted the course of the Second World War.

A programme of events will take place during early June 2024 to mark this significant milestone - providing local groups with an opportunity to bring communities together to remember and commemorate an important part of our shared history.

Programme of events

Please note this is a provisional calendar and further dates and details will be made available closer to the time.

D-Day Small Grants Programme

This scheme could support community/voluntary and faith-based organisations based in and/or operating within our area who would like to develop and implement commemorative events, volunteering opportunities or community celebrations to mark the significant D-Day 80th Anniversary.
We will award grants up to a maximum of £500 per successful applicant.
Find out more and apply online

Tea dance

Thursday 6 June, 2-4pm
Market Square, Lisburn
A 1940s-themed tea dance will take you back to the war years with a reminder of the music and the fashions that were in vogue.

Bespoke flowerbeds

A series of specially-designed flowerbeds to commemorate the Normandy landings will be planted up across the Lisburn and Castlereagh area.

D-Day exhibition

The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum will host a D-Day exhibition with a local theme and a focus on the local people who fought on the Normandy beaches.

City centre screening

A screening of original news footage by British Pathé of the Normandy landings will be shown in the city centre.

Military history talk

Find out fascinating facts about the Normandy landings from a military expert and more about the vital role Northern Irish servicemen played in D-Day.

Beacon lighting

Thursday 6 June, 9.15pm
Castle Gardens, Lisburn
We will join towns, villages, cities and organisations across the world to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day by lighting a beacon at 9.15pm in Castle Gardens.

This will follow a day of activities around the city centre and will be accompanied by a reading of The International Tribute.