The third day of the 2014 Juno Beach Centre Teacher tour started out with a walking tour of Dieppe. Chris Evans and Marie-Eve guided the group along the shale, giving an overview of the Canadian perspective on the ill-fated Raid on Dieppe in 1942.
The group then headed up the cliffs to see the beach from the German perspective.
We then headed to Pourville, the third beach on the coast where Canadians landed on August 19, 1942.
Overall, it was an emotional and moving morning. Scott Powers from Gimli High School in Manitoba reflected on the experience:
“More and more each day of this tour I come to see how those of us who are here today are the witnesses of what others did yesterday and that as teachers we have an almost SACRED obligation to ensure those deeds are never forgotten but will live on now and tomorrow.”
Hélène Ally from Burlington Central High School in Ontario, was especially moved by the French Canadian experience at Dieppe:
“Dieppe…I didn’t know half the story, and it’s a sad, sad story. We had a very moving visit to the Canadian Cemetery in Dieppe. Every French Canadian should be proud of the bravery demonstrated by Les Fusilliers du Régiment Mont-Royal. It’s very emotional.”
In the afternoon we headed to Normandy for the first of five days in the region. Stay tuned!
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