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Macedonia and ALDA are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings through the Decentralised Cooperation BN-MK



Today, on June 6, the France together with the entire world is celebrating the D-Day, a key moment in history marked by the Normandy landings. 

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This year’s 70th anniversary gathers many world leaders, survived veterans, and thousands of locals and visitors to honor the soldiers of this battle. The coast of Normandy are living and breathing with the memory of this event. The official programme started with an International conference, and continues with concerts, expositions, seminars and other international gatherings and meetings. 

Thanks to the longstanding cooperation between the Lower Normandy Region and the Republic of Macedonia coordinated by ALDA, Macedonia is also participating and contributing to this celebration of peace. The representative of the ALDA Skopje Office, is in the heart of these events, in Caen, in the Regional Council of Lower Normandy. On June 4, the activities of the Lower Normandy - Macedonia Cooperation, were presented to the delegations from China, Norway, Canada and the British islands: Jersey and Guernsey, countries that are also cooperating with Lower Normandy. The City of Caen, hosted also the Mayor of Ohrid, Macedonia. Both cities are twinned within the framework of the Lower Normandy – Macedonia cooperation.

In that framework, both territories are implementing many activities to commemorate this event. In the Macedonian city of Bitola, on May 30, took place the promotion of the documentary “Private Ryan from Bitola”, telling the touching story of possibly the only Macedonian who fought and died on the Normandy beaches - the story of the private Pande Matevski from Bitola. In the same context, honoring the memory of the landings, in the official programme of the 7th French Film Festival in Macedonia this June, two films treating these historic events will be showed to the Macedonian public. The question of peace and liberty will be also the center of the International Summer University in Caen, where several young Macedonians will visit Caen, and debate on the topic “Fighting for Liberty”.

This June, apart from the 70th anniversary of the D-Day, the world is also commemorating the 100 years of the beginning of the WWI. Both of these important historic themes are very much present in the activities of the cooperation Lower Normandy – Macedonia. Various activities through the territorial projects will be marking this summer: video screenings, expositions, artistic and youth mobility, research and development of the memorial tourism… These projects, valuating and honoring the peace and reconciliation are very important part of the initiative by the Lower Normandy Region to acknowledge the beaches of the Normandy coast as UNESCO’s cultural heritage.

Watch the video of Private Ryan from Bitola on youtube (subtitles in French).

The Decentralised Cooperation between the Lower Normandy Region and the Republic of Macedonia, coordinated by ALDA started in 2006. For further information please contact the official website of the project www.bn-mk.org.



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