On the morning of June 6, 2021, at the Juno Beach Centre, our Canadian ceremony was held to commemorate D-Day and pay tribute to the Canadian and allied soldiers who lost their lives in Normandy for our freedom. Tribute was also paid to the veterans who have since left us and to those who are still in this world today. Our ceremony was more symbolic than ever by its small number due to sanitary measures related to Covid.
Thank you for their presence to Mr. Gwenn JEFFROY, sub-prefect of the district of Bayeux, Mrs. Isabelle HUDON, Canadian Ambassador to Paris, Colonel Pierre HACHE, Defense Attaché of the Canadian Embassy in Paris, Commander Stephan NADEAU , Deputy Defense Attaché of the Canadian Embassy in Paris, Colonel Anthony McCORD, Attaché of the British Air Forces in Paris, Colonel Joel DOOLEY, Australian Defense Attaché in Paris, Mr. Hervé MORIN, President of the Normandy Region, Mr. Cédric NOUVELOT, Departmental Councilor, Mrs. Anne-Marie PHILIPPEAUX, Mayor of Courseulles-sur-Mer, Mr. Michel LEBARON, President of the Comité Juno Canada Normandie, Captain Daniel GRANOTIER, Representative of the Régiment de la Chaudière in France, Madame Hélène FORGET, President of Les Amis du CJB. Thanks to Rev. Dr Thomas Wilson and his wife Dawn Cornelio. Thanks to Lola, a young 9-year-old Courseullaise.
During the ceremony, after the official speeches, a message was read on behalf of Canadian veteran Jim Parks of the Winnipeg Rifles Regiment, who landed in Courseulles on D-Day. Lola then recited the poem she wrote for Jim Parks met in 2019. During the ceremony, the photo that immortalized this meeting in 2019 was displayed for all to see.
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