It’s an honour for the Juno Beach Centre to welcome the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau and his family on the occasion of his official visit to France for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. More than 10,000 Canadians, including nearly 8,000 young students, will visit the Juno Beach Centre in the weeks surrounding April 9, 2017.
This visit reinforces that the Juno Beach Centre is a uniquely Canadian landmark that pays tribute to Canada’s contributions and sacrifices during the Second World War, particularly the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy in 1944.
This visit is also an honor for all Canadians families affected by the Second World War. Though located from far its shores, support from the Government of Canada is essential in order to maintain this important place of pilgrimage for Canadians.
That the Prime Minister has chosen to visit with his family is an indication of the Juno Beach Centre’s strong educational presence and is an opportunity to reinforce that the veterans who founded the museum did so with a vision to leave a legacy for future generations.
The Juno Beach Centre is proud to mark the importance of the commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge through the realization of a travelling exhibit in Canada launched in 2016, and a large-scale exhibition launched in France in March 2017 entitled “From Vimy to Juno: Remembering the Canadians in France”. These exhibitions are accompanied by technologically-advanced interactive education programs for students of all ages and families.
Looking to the future, the Juno Beach Centre’s team in France and Canada is preparing for the 75th anniversary of D-Day in 2019 and we hope to welcome Prime Minister Trudeau and his family back to Juno Beach to mark this important milestone.
— The Juno Beach Centre