At the memorial to the dead of the World Wars

    This shows the procession for the 68th anniversary commemoration stood in formation at the memorial to the military dead of World War I and II (this does not include the citizens of Oradour who died on 10th June 1944). The church of the new village is just visible on the right of view and the Centre de la Mémoire is behind the photographer: see the village plan for more detail.

 

At the memorial to the dead of the World Wars

 

As an example of the timing of events for the commemoration of the massacre, here is the program for the 68th anniversary, held on Sunday June 10th 2012.

14:00 ... Mass in the Catholic new church of Oradour-sur-Glane

15:00 ... Reception of the personalities and other participants in the Town Hall

15:15 ... The procession leaves the Town Hall

15:30 ... Laying of the wreaths at the monument for the children at the school

15:45 ... Laying of the wreaths at the monument for the dead of both World Wars

16:15 ... Laying of the wreaths in the old church of Oradour-sur-Glane

16:25 ... A minutes silence held on the fairground of the old village of Oradour-sur-Glane

16:35 ... Laying of the wreaths at the memorial to the dead of Oradour in the cemetery

17:00 ... End of the ceremony

 
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