Flying high in front of the Juno Beach Centre are the Canadian flag and the flags of the 10 nations that fought alongside the Canadians during the Battle of Normandy.
The Juno Beach Centre is highlighting the countries who contributed to the liberation of Europe from the yoke of nazism in the form of a temporary exhibit entitled “Together!”. This exhibit underlines their roles, contributions, and their links to Canadians on land, sea, and in the air.
This exhibit also illustrates visitors’ perspectives on the sight of their national flag flying in the wind on Juno Beach; an occasion for them to share their thoughts about how they remember and commemorate their country’s contribution to the Allied victory in Europe.
On D-Day, more than 14 000 Canadians landed on Juno Beach or were parachuted elsewhere in France. The Royal Canadian Navy contributed 110 ships and 10 000 men and the Royal Canadian Air Force contributed 37 squadrons to Operation Overlord. Following the closing of the Falaise Gap at the end of August 1944, 90 000 Canadians had taken part in the fight. 5 500 of them will forever rest in Normandy.
Since 2003, in honour of all of those who fought alongside the Canadians during the summer of 1944, the flags of 10 nations fly every day in front of the Juno Beach Centre: the United-Kingdom, the United States of America, France, Australia, New-Zealand, Belgium, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic and Slovakia since 1993).
The Allied victory in Normandy was a result of the coordinated efforts of many countries, amongst which Canada played an important role. Today, as we commemorate those who fought and died on D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy, it is essential to remember the international dimension of this costly victory.
Comprised of 12 panels, the exhibit “Together!” is freely accessible to the public during the museum opening hours in the hall.