A Very Special Visitor — Laura Smith

| June 21, 2014

Today, a special visitor came to Courseulles and to the Juno Beach Centre. Laura Catharine Smith, step granddaughter of Léo Gariépy, from Québec, who landed in Courseulles on June 6, 1944 with the First Hussars, and was famous in Courseulles where he came back to live some twenty years after and died in 1972.

Laura visited Léo Gariépy’s grave in the military section of the Courseulles cemetery, she discovered the information panel on Juno Park dedicated to his history (near Cosy’s bunker), the street which bears his name… At the Courseulles municipal Museum, she could see his medals and various personal belongings. At the Juno Beach Centre, she saw the display case dedicated to the history of the Bold Tank which Léo Gariépy contributed to save from the sea at the beginning of the 1970s. She could also see the brick purchased in 2010 by the Town of Courseulles to pay homage to the man who was its citizen of honour.

We have been proud to show Laura that we do not forget Léo Gariépy who so deeply marked the history of Courseulles.

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