Historic Village in Normandy to be Renamed!

11th September 2015 • News, WWII News • No comments

It was the first village in Normandy to be liberated from German occupation by the 101st Airborne Division on D-Day, but the village of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont is soon to be erased from the history books. An announcement was made earlier today (11 September 2015) by the local commune following a decision by the municipal council, informing residents that the village was to be officially renamed. This news follows the recent renovation and redesign to the Church Square in Sainte-Mère-Église, a move which many criticised, claiming that the character and history of the town had been lost.

The Church Square in Sainte-Mère-Église was also recently renovated; a move criticised by many for spoiling the town's history.
The Church Square in Sainte-Mère-Église was also recently renovated; a move criticised by many for spoiling the town’s history.

Although no official word has been received as to the new identity of the village, some speculation from locals suggest that the name will become either: Montmerville, Mon-Maire-Vil or Mon Verre Vil (likely because of hearsay and mishearing).

Naturally, local residents are anxious to prevent the name change from occurring, since the town has become as iconic as other landmarks in Normandy for tourists and historians alike. However, in recent months the local communes and agencies have been engaged in redrawing the local boundaries, which likely explains this latest shock decision. Philippe Tanne (owner of the Boutique du Holdy) has asked friends, family and customers to contact the Town Hall and send their opinions on the renaming directly to the town’s officials. They can be reached via email to > mairie.stemariedumont@wanadoo.fr.

As soon as we have further information regarding this, we will of course keep readers informed.


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