Alexandria's D-Day 75th Anniversary Commemoration

Join the City of Alexandria, in partnership with sister city Caen, France, to honor the 75th Anniversary of D-Day with a large commemorative event at the new Waterfront Park.

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D-Day Celebration Photo

Commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 1 at Waterfront Park with family fun, WWII reenactors and veterans, live music, food and a wine garden! Then learn more about the effects of D-Day at the June 6 lecture at Alexandria’s History Museum at the Lyceum.

Alexandria's D-Day 75th Anniversary Commemoration

June 1
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Waterfront Park
1 King Street
The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee, in collaboration with the Office of Historic Alexandria, honors the 75th Anniversary of D-Day with a large commemorative event in the new Waterfront Park. Celebrate American and French cultures and U.S. military history with this fun event for the whole family.  The day includes children’s activities, WWII reenactors and veterans, live music, food and a wine garden!

Paint with Wine and Design at the event while sipping a glass of wine from The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards. One-hour painting sessions at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Painting sessions may be purchased in advance or on site if space is available. Pair your wine with delectable snacks from Society Fair. Browse books from local children’s book stores Hooray for Books! and Bonjour Books DC.


11 a.m. Blue Jazz and Gottaswing

12 p.m. Presentation from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

12:15 p.m. Blue Jazz and Gottaswing

1:00 p.m. Remarks by local officials, the Deputy Mayor of Caen, France, and WWII veterans

2:30 p.m. Alexandria Pipes and Drums

3:00 p.m. Fireboat Exhibition on Potomac River


Participating Community Organizations and Museums:

American Air Museum in Britain

American Legion Post 24 in Alexandria

The Army Historical Foundation

Beth El Hebrew Congregation

Carlyle House Historic Park

Civil Air Patrol

The Friends of Rocky Versace

Honor Flight

Master Gardeners

National Women’s History Museum

Naval History and Heritage Command

Office of Historic Alexandria

Old Town French

Patent Office/National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum

Potomac Images

The Returned and Services League of Australia

Sister Cities Committee – Caen

Sister Cities Committee – Dundee and Helsingborg

U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps


Veterans of Foreign Wars (Alexandria Post 609)

Virginia Tech ROTC

WWII Memorial

D-Day at 75: Looking Back and Looking Forward

June 6
7 - 9 p.m.
Alexandria's History Museum at the Lyceum
201 S. Washington Street
Learn more about D-Day and its significance at this lecture featuring a distinguished panel of speakers: Rear Admiral Tom Flynn, Retired Judge Advocate General of the Navy Dr. Kim Bernard Holien, Retired U.S. Army Historian Brigadier General Tony Smith, U.S. Army Retired. Wine and dessert reception to follow.

Admission is $10. Advance purchase available at