The Juno Beach Centre is very honoured to have the support of our great friend Jim Parks, Canadian D-Day veteran, for our virtual Remembrance Run. The event is open for registration until November 28, 2020, and the funds raised will help the JBC overcome the losses associated with the prolonged closure of the museum in order to fight COVID-19.
The staff of the Juno Beach Centre Association joined Kelly, representative of VR Pro, to meet Jim at his home to present the race and take advantage of the presence of our dear Jim, who is still in good shape and ready to lend a hand for this fundraiser! Kelly didn’t hesitate to “enlist” Jim to do the 1500m walk! Besides being a D-Day veteran, Jim is also a former marathoner!
We had the immense honour of listening to Jim recount his experience on Juno Beach on June 6, 1944, and discuss his great attachment to the Centre, which he has visited on numerous occasions. Finally, he gives us his message of motivation for runners: “What they are running for is for the people that are still over there in Bény-sur-Mer and Bretteville-sur-Laize. We got about 5,200 people still lying there. All Canadians who made the supreme sacrifice. Part of this run is in recognition of the sacrifice they have made.”
Alex also took the opportunity to thank Jim for his support of our virtual Remembrance Run by graciously presenting him with one of our Canadian flags that flew over Juno Beach. The JBC will offer participants of the virtual race the chance to win one of our flags.
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