The minute's silence on the Champ de Foire en route to the cemetery

    Just before the start of the minute's silence held on the Champ de Foire (fairground) in Oradour-sur-Glane ruins at 16:25, to mark the time of the killings on 10th June 1944. The doctor's car is just visible in the distance on the extreme right of view. There is no marching band with the procession, which proceeds in silence throughout the event.

 

The minute's silence on the Champ de Foire en route to the cemetery

 

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