The bells of Freedom – 2024 Edition

On 6 June 2024 at 7.44pm in Normandy and elsewhere in the world!

Initiated in 2020, at a time when many of the D-Day commemorations were being held without an audience. The bells of Freedom operation has been repeated every year since then. At 7.44pm (19.44 in french) on 6 June 2024, in many places in Normandy and around the world, the bells will ring at the same time to remember and pay tribute to the liberators of France and Europe.

The bells of Freedom 2024

The beginning of the project

In 2020, when we were overwhelmed by the epidemic, it was with sadness that many of us saw this day coming, with no opportunity to pay tribute to and honour our liberators. Nicolas Bellée, one of the founders of the museum, came up with the idea for this initiative, which has since grown and been repeated every year.

What is this alternative event all about? In the heart of the summer of 44, the bells rang out with joy to announce the liberation, a travelling sound, a unifying sound, a sound that those who were there have not forgotten. Since 2020, that very special year, didn’t allow us all to get together, they had the Liberty bells rung at a symbolic hour: 6.44 PM (6.44pm in France) as in June 44. This chime would be a link between us all, in La Manche, in Normandy, in France. Across the Atlantic to America and beyond.

And this year

More than 3,300 towns in Normandy and around the world are mobilised to ring the bells of Liberty at the same time. An event enjoyed by all, including veterans like Tom Rice of the 101st, who is very dear to the hearts of the people of Carentan.

On 6 June at 7.44pm, pull over, get out of your car, listen carefully and you’ll feel the immense emotion spreading from one bell tower to another as we say thank you to those who gave their lives for our beloved Freedom, which is unfortunately under such serious threat in many parts of the world.

… upcoming events

“2nd DB” day

“2nd DB” day

April 20, 2024 – Dedication of the comic strip Normandie 44, the 2nd DB of General Leclerc by Jean Blaise Djian and mini-exhibition 2nd DB in the museum

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La Horse – Film screening and meeting

La Horse – Film screening and meeting

On 27 April 2024, at the D-Day Experience in Carentan (our partner for the event), attend the screening of the film La Horse starring Jean Gabin, in the presence of Mathias Moncorgé, his son and patron of the exhibition, and actor Antoine Duléry.

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D-DAY 80 – 80th anniversary of D-Day

D-DAY 80 – 80th anniversary of D-Day

[ June 1 to 12, 2024 ] An exceptional D-Day anniversary will take place in 2024. The whole of Normandy is mobilized to pay international tribute to those who reopened the gates of freedom in Europe. The Normandy Victory Museum is preparing a rich program for visitors. It will soon be online. Sign up to receive it.

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Screening of the documentary Little Black Devils

Screening of the documentary Little Black Devils

[ 4 June 2024 ] To mark the 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings, volunteers from the Maple Leaf association will be showing their documentary “Little Black Devils”, a tribute to the Canadian regiment The Royal Winnipeg Rifles. -> BOOK HERE

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Push open the doors of history

Visit the Normandy Victory Museum Museum of the Battle of the Hedges. We are in Normandy, Manche dpt, France