As part of the 9th Annual Acadia Week, we were honoured to organize a ceremony at the Juno Beach Centre to pay tribute to the Acadian soldiers who lost their lives on Juno Beach on June 6, 1944 and during the 10 weeks of the Battle of Normandy.
In this year which marks the 70th anniversary, we remembered the sacrifices of the Acadians who crossed the Atlantic in the Second World War to come to Europe’s rescue.
We were honored by the presence of Mr. Philippe COUSINEAU, Counsellor (Francophonie), Embassy of Canada in France ; Mme Maryvonne MOTTIN, General Counsellor, riding of Douvres-la-Délivrande ; Mr Daniel ROUPSARD, Deputy Mayor of Courseulles-sur-Mer ; Mr Jean-Paul DUCOULOMBIER, Mayor of Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer ; Mr LEPORTIER, Mayor of Bernières-sur-Mer ; Mr Michel LEBARON, president of Comité Juno Canada Normandie as well as the general public and a large representation of Acadians.
During the ceremony, the official speeches were followed by the reading of a text by Marie-France Comeau about her uncle, Léopold Comeau, who landed in Saint Aubin-sur-Mer on June 6, 1944. Accompanying her on the piano was Lucien Allard. Adam Deyell, Juno Beach Centre guide, read the Act of Remembrance before the laying of the wreaths and the national anthems sung by the young artists of the musical “La voix de la mer” from Nova Scotia with Yvette d’Entremont. The presence of the pipers with the Red Deer Legion from Alberta enriched this ceremony dedicated to Angèle Arsenault who participated in Acadia Week in 2013 but who has since passed away.
The Juno Beach Centre thanked Arnaud Blin, inventor and president of Acadia Week, who has included the Juno Beach Centre in his festival for the past 9 years. Each summer, this special week is a great opportunity, which perfectly complements the work carried out by the museum all year long. It highlights remembrance and through hundreds of talents, makes it possible to create emotion and reflection, share cultures and mix generations.
Acadia Week is a great invention!
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