D-Day – V-Day
The name of the project symbolizes the Allies’ journey from D-Day (Normandy landings on June 6, 1944) to V-Day (victory day on May 6, 1945). The basic philosophy behind the project, initiated by the City of Pilsen in cooperation with Patton Memorial Pilsen in 2009, was to not just symbolically link the beginning and the end of the Allied forces’ journey as they liberated the European continent at the end of World War II, but especially link the celebrations of the 65th anniversary of the Normandy landing in June 2009 with the Liberation Festival in Pilsen in 2010.
Over time the international project has been expanded to include further activities, such as cooperation in tourism, exchanges of information and exhibits among museums, and more.
Cooperation of millitary clubs
Thanks to the project, cooperation of czech and foreign clubs of a military history was deepend. Czech fans of a military history regullary participates in a celebration of Allied troops landings in Normandy, participation of foreign clubs upgrade the program of Liberation Festival in Pilsen.
Showpieces exchange between museums
Luxembourg´s museums introduced part of its exposures in Patton Memorial Pilsen in 2010.
Tanks, that were liberating Europe in 1945, appeared on Pilsen Republic square during the Liberation festival in 2010.
|Patton Memorial Pilsen museum got a symbolic bollard from Normandy for the 65th anniversary of the liberation.|
Luxembourg´s museum in Diekirch and Ettelbrück have participated to the project the most actively yet.
|Ste Mére Eglise||Communauté de Communes 6 rue Eisenhower|
|Caen||Musée du Débarquement Utah Beach|
|Le Mémorial de Caen – Esplanade Général|
|Normandie Mémoire Association|
|Arromanches||Musée du Débarquement|
|Musée national d´histoire militaire|
|General Patton Memorial Museum|
The project also created a number of publications that can be purchased in Tourist Information Centre at the Republic Square in Pilsen.