At the school memorial in Oradour

At the school memorial in Oradour-sur-Glane

    The banners of the processional party for the 68th anniversary can be seen on the right of the memorial to all the school children and their teachers who died on 10th June 1944. There were 4 schools in total: The Boys, The Girls, The Infants and the special school for the refugee children from Charly (since 1950 renamed as Charly-Oradour). This memorial is in the grounds of the school for the New Village: see Village Plan for more details of location.

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