Witnesses’ Dinner

We had a great time sharing on September 22, 2018 during the Witnesses’ Dinner at the Juno Beach Centre. As part of a meal with flavors of the past and a decor reminiscent of the war, about twenty witnesses shared with the guests their stories and anecdoctes about the war and the liberation of their village.

Maggie GILBERT, journalist, encouraged the witnesses to discuss such topics as defeat and the arrival of the occupier, daily life and D-Day…


Michel BRUNEAU, a Norman chef with two stars, imagined a meal which took us back to the 1940s.

LOISON TRAITEUR ensured the cooking and the service of a meal that appreciated by all.

BURES FLEURS from Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer created the “old-fashioned” floral compositions

Our witnesses who shared their memories:

Raymonde et Roger ALEXANDRE, Mesnil Patry.

Gérard BESNARD et Sylviane ZOUIN, Elbeuf.

Janine HADJADJ, Corbeil / Bernières-sur-Mer.

Michel LEGALLO, Courseulles-sur-Mer.

Thérèse LESUEUR-LE CHEVALIER, Bernières-sur-Mer.

Maryvonne MORIN, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer.

Fernand RICHARD, Molay-Littry.

Guy RUYTER, Courseulles-sur-Mer.

Cécile VERDONK-COGNEAU,Bény-sur-Mer.

Gérard VERDONK. Bény-sur-Mer.


Jean-Claude COLAS, Paris/Langrune-sur-Mer.

Historians who participated, were also witnesses of this period:

Bernard GARNIER,  Pupilles de la Nations

Claude QUETEL, Bernières-sur-Mer

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