On October 5, 2009, Admiral Michael Mullen, the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—the highest ranking officer in the U.S. army forces—came on a private visit to Utah Beach. During his visit he was accompanied by Captain Reggie Carpenter, Naval Attaché of the United States Embassy in France. Mullen paid homage to the men of the U.S. Navy at the Navy Monument before concluding his day with a visit of the Utah Beach D-Day Museum.
On September 22, 2009, a Danish delegation of 15 people, including three naval veterans, came to lay a wreath at the Danish Monument.
International Tourism Trade Fair in Rennes
Certificate of recognition
The Naval Order awards a certificate of recognition to the town of Sainte Marie du Mont for the organization of the inauguration ceremony of the Navy Monument on September 27, 2008.
The parish of Notre-Dame de la Paix, located on the historic sites of Sainte-Mère-Eglise and Ste-Marie-du-Mont / Utah Beach, opened the official commemorations week for June 6, with the “International Walk for Peace.”
Foreign delegations were present, including U.S. veterans. They were joined by Francesco Follo, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to UNESCO, the event’s guest of honor.
In September 2009, Senator John Cornyn’ (R-TX) came to visit the Museum with his wife, Sandy. They were received by Mayor Henri Milet, Councilman Charles de Vallavielle, and Colonel Peter Herrly.