During the 10th Semaine acadienne organized by Arnaud Blin, the Juno Beach Centre organised a ceremony to pay homage to the Acadian soldiers who died on Juno Beach on June 6, 1944 and during the 10 weeks of the Battle of Normandy.
“We are pround of our partnership with La Semaine acadienne which contributes to the transmission of values which we inherited from the soldiers of the Second World War and civilian witnesses: Galantery, generosity, the sense of effort, sacrifice, gift of oneself, endurance.” Marie-Eve VAILLANCOURT for the Juno Beach Centre.
Weldon BOUDREAU from Nova Scotia opened the ceremony with his song “nos aïeux”.
Graeme CLARK, Chargé d’affaires, Canadian Embassy in Paris, and Daniel ROUPSARD, Deputy Mayor of the Town of Courseulles-sur-Mer, read speeches.
In attendance were Franck LECONTE, Office National des Anciens-Combattants ; Jean-Paul DUCOULOMBIER, Mayor of Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer ; Denis LEPORTIER, Mayor of de Bernières-sur-Mer ; Monsieur LACHEVRE, Mayor of Graye-sur-Mer ; Hubert DELALANDE, Mayor of Bény-sur-Mer ; Michel LEBARON, president of Comité Juno Canada Normandie ; the presidents and members of veterans associations, including the flag Barers; the présidents and members of associations franco-canadian friendship associations, the volunteers of La Semaine acadienne and a large delegation of Acadians including Deanna BOUCLY whose father, Albert VAUTOUR, from New Brunswick, landed in Courseulles-sur-Mer at the beginning of July with the Regiment Maisonneuve, and was later tranfered to the Bény-sur-Mer War cemetery to bury Canadain soldiers.
The Act of Remembrance was read by Léa MENARD, a Quebecer with Acadian origins, presently guide at the Juno Beach Centre, followed by the Minute of silence and the traditional wreath laying.
The Young artists of the show “Evangéline and Gabriel” from New Brunswick sung the National Anthems.
To conclude the ceremony, Karine GALLANT with the violon and Ian MaCINNES with the pipe played “Amazing Grace”.
For more information about La semaine acadienne au Centre Juno Beach.
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