The Juno Beach Centre hosted a full house of students and visitors from all across Canada for the 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe today! The staff and guides witnessed many touching moments throughout the day, as you can see below.
We were honoured to host a group of students from Nunavut Arctic College, along with members of Royal Canadian Legion branch #168 in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Here they are pictured next to Peter Irniq’s Inukshuk, where the Juno Beach Centre exchanged flags with the delegation.
Students from Dorval Jean XXIII High School were on hand to play to a crowd in front of the Centre:
A large group of participants from Walk for Peace Normandy visited Juno Park while retracing the footsteps of Canadian soldiers from Juno to Caen on in-line skates. En route, they passed through all the villages liberated by Canadians in June 1944.
Hélène Forget, the president of the Friends of the Juno Beach Centre Association, visited Juno Park to place flowers at the foot of the memorial to Garth Webb, who passed away on May 8, 2012.
Our guides put it best as they welcomed over 1,000 visitors to the Centre with the following reflection:
Victory in Europe day is ultimate outcome of D-Day, June 6th 1944… From this beach where you stand to May 8, 1945, began nine months of fighting to liberate Northwest Europe.
We will remember them.
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