Irène Halbout, 12 years old, came from Montpellier to visit the Juno Beach Centre with her family. In June 2014, she was the winner of the drawing contest organised by Images Doc in partnership with the Juno Beach Centre on the theme “The Poppy: Flower of Remembrance”. More information on the drawing contest and the participants who have already visited the Juno Beach Centre.
Irène’s drawing was printed on post cards and she won a day visit at the museum with her family. As the holidays of the family were already planned elsewhere, the JBC visit was scheduled for 2015. The family visited the JBC yesterday: visit of the museum with the Peter and Madeleine quiz, the temporary exhibit “Grandma, what was it like during the war?” and a guided tour of Juno Park with Lea. Lunch was also offered in the Courseulles restaurant La Maison Bleue. Thank you to Manon Berthaud and the restaurant staff for the special welcome granted to Irène and her family.
“I have been reading the magazine Images Doc for a year and a half. I have already participated in another drawing contest. As I learned about the history of the Second World War last year in grade 5, I decided to participate in the JBC drawing contest. I did not know about the fact that the poppy is the symbol of remembrance.
We had already visited the D-Day landing beaches 2 years ago, especially Ouistreham and Arromanches. Thanks to the contest, we came back to Normandy to visit the Centre.
I am pleased to have seen my drawing exhibited in the temporary exhibit. My family really liked the drawings of the other winners.
We had a great day at the Juno Beach Centre”.
After thanking the museum staff for making them feel so welcome, Irène and her family left the museum to make the most of their stay in Normandy.
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