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 on the 65th in 2009, the Prime Minister came.
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
© Michael Williams: July 2012