Robert Hébras at the main memorial after the tributes had been laid

    Robert Hébras (the man with white hair, wearing a white shirt, blue tie and spectacles in the centre of the photograph) greeting each of the standard bearers after the laying of the tributes / wreaths at the main memorial in Oradour-sur-Glane on 10th June 2012 (the 68th anniversary of the massacre). There are just two men alive today in 2012 from those who escaped from the Laudy barn in 1944, Robert Hébras and Marcel Darthout (who did not attend on this occasion).

 

Robert Hébras at the main memorial after the tributes had been laid

 

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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