Tribute at the altar of the old church

    This view shows the tribute / wreath laid at the altar of Oradour-sur-Glane old church. To the right of view can be seen the remains of a pram, rusted almost into non-existence by time and weather (there is no roof on the church). Above the altar is the window (the middle one) through which Madame Rouffanche escaped from the church between 16:15 - 16:30 on 10th June 1944.

Tribute at the altar of the old church


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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Michael Williams: July 2012