For the 7th consecutive year, students from Paul Lejeune High School in Quebec City, led by their history teacher Jean-Pierre Frigon, visited to Juno Beach. They came to commemorate five members of their family or community who served during Second World War with the French-Canadian Royal 22nd Regiment with commemorative bricks. The students did outstanding research work, and were warmly welcomed by the Deputy Mayor of Courseulles-sur-Mer, members of various associations and flag bearers.
They raised the funds needed for their trip to Normandy through volunteer efforts during the popular Festival Western de Saint-Tite in Quebec. This year, the students focused on the centenary of the R22R and the central role of General Georges Vanier during the Second World War for the French Canadians.
Congratulations to all these students for their commitment and thank you for representing French-Canadian youth. The Norman people were very moved by your work.
The students of Paul Lejeune High School have sponsored over 16 commemorative bricks in the seven years since their first pilgrimage to the Juno Beach Centre. If you’re planning a trip to Normandy with your school, consider honouring a veteran from your community by sponsoring a Commemorative Brick at the Juno Beach Centre!
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