Each year, the Comité du Débarquement is in charge of the international ceremony to commemorate D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. In 2015, for the 71st anniversary of D-Day, it is the Canadian sector of Juno Beach, in Courseulles-sur-Mer, which was chosen to host this official ceremony by the French Government.
On June 5, ahead of the international ceremony, the Comité du Débarquement organised a traditional ceremony for children at the Juno Beach Centre. 300 pupils of the primary schools in the Juno Beach sector (Graye-sur-Mer, Courseulles-sur-Mer, Bernières-sur-Mer, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, et Langrune-sur-Mer) took part with texts and poems which the children wrote and had the chance to be able to read in front of British veterans and the Canadian veteran Frédéric Bourgeois.
Admiral Brac de La Perrière, President of the Comité du Débarquement warmly congratulated and thanked the children and the pedagogical teams. A the end of the ceremony, the children who were dressed in black and red, formed poppies, the Canadian flower of remembrance, on the Garth Webb Esplanade.
The Juno Beach Centre is proud to have hosted this ceremony and to have contributed to the educational work of remembrance of the neighbouring schools.
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