The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today joined Second World War veterans and students at the Juno Beach Centre to inaugurate Canada’s D-Day Tribute: a sprawling installation made up of 359 maple tribute markers (one for every fallen Canadian killed in action on June 6, 1944) mounted on France’s Juno Beach in honour of the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Hundreds of Canadians from all across Canada honoured servicemen from their communities by sponsoring tribute markers in their name. This powerful visual representation of one of the most pivotal offensives of the war helps a new generation understand Canada’s sacrifice at Juno Beach and reinforces the links that exist between Canadians and the people of Normandy.
The unveiling happened in the presence of many Canadian veterans as well as the Mayor of Courseulles-sur-Mer, Frédérick Pouille. The Mayor of Courseulles proudly announced that the town of Goldbach, Germany, the sister city to Courseulles, sponsored a Tribute Marker in their honour. Of the many veterans in attendance at the ceremony, LCol Ernest Côté was on-hand to see the 5 Tributes he sponsored for Le Régiment de la Chaudière.
The Juno Beach Centre thanks everyone who supported this initative, in Canada and France! The unveiling was a proud moment for the Centre and for all of our dear friends and loyal supporters. Thank you also to our volunteers who worked without relief for 8 days to ensure the installation was completed by today. More information and photos to follow!
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