The tributes at the main memorial in Oradour

    In this view you can get some idea of the number of wreaths / tributes laid at the main memorial in Oradour-sur-Glane cemetery to commemorate the dead of 10th June 1944. More or less every local town and municipality, plus representatives of the various Resistance groups sends a tribute. On the major anniversaries, members of the national government also attend, for example of the 65th in 2009, the Prime Minister came.

 

The tributes at the main memorial in Oradour-sur-Glane

 

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