Dispatches from Juno


Lest We Forget – Ernest Côté

February 26, 2015 Ernest-COTE-320x4132

Ernest Côté passed away in Ottawa on February 25, 2015, he was 101 years old. The Juno Beach Centre shares the sorrow of the family of this Great Canadian. Ernest Côté was in charge of logistics for the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division on June 6, 1944 – D-Day. In 2014, for the 70th anniversary of the...

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Lest We Forget – Ghislain Simard

February 25, 2015 Ghislain Simard 18 ans (Régiment de Maisonneuve)

Canadian Second World War veteran, Ghislain Simard passed away on February 20, 2015. Born on January 25, 1926 in Alma, Québec, on July 9, 1944, he had landed in Courseulles-sur-Mer, with the Régiment de la Chaudière. We join his grand-daughter, Amélie Lépine, former guide at the Juno Beach Centre in 2010, in the tribute she...

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A Visitor from Sicily, A Shared History

February 21, 2015 unnamed

On the occasion of a visit from Girolamo Culmone, Director of the Natural Reserve of Saline di Tripani, managed by WWF in Sicily, let’s take a look back at the role played by the Canadians in the liberation of the island during the of summer 1943. A Second World War enthusiast, Mr. Culmone knows the main sites of the...

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Valentine’s Day Fun at the JBC

February 14, 2015 valentines11

To celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day, Norman chefs Michel Bruneau and Pierre Levebvre of Restaurant L’Accolade in Caen held a cooking atelier for couples called “Love at First Sight Cooking”. Fourteen couples took part in the atelier, collaborating with the two chefs to create dishes inspired by both Norman and Canadian flavours, which were then shared...

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Remains of German Defences in Tombette Woods

February 9, 2015 DSCN2904

Three kilometres south of Bernières-sur-Mer, the Germans installed a Luftwaffe battery numbered Al. 26/XII équipped with 6 pieces of 7,5 cm Flak M33 (f) and 3 pieces of 2 cm Flak 30, all defended by two Tobruks. Nearby, in a little wood named Tombette, shelters were built for the troops made of over a hundred men under the command of...

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Lest We Forget – Thomas Rutter Clark

January 29, 2015 Clark

British Second World War veteran, Tom Clark passed away on January 24 at age 94. On June 6, 1944, Tom had landed in Saint-sur-Mer, with “A” Troop, No. 48 Royal Marine Commando. Tom Clark was awarded the British Military Medal: “Assisted Lieutenant Mackenzie to rally A Troop on the beach under fire in very trying circumstances, when he...

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