A touching moment at the Juno Beach Centre today, as and old veteran and group of young soldiers came together to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the D-Day landings.
73 years ago, on June 6th 1944, Corporal Alfred Barlow landed on Sword Beach with the British 3rd Infantry Division at Luc-sur-Mer. He then fought with the division through France, Belgium and the Netherlands before returning home after the war. For Corporal Barlow, now 96 years old, this was his second time returning to Normandy. He and his wife Maisie will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary this September.
At the same moment, a group of young Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces) members visited the museum in the spirit of international camaraderie as the anniversary of D-Day approaches. Connecting these two groups was a very rich moment in the history of the Juno Beach Centre, whose mission is to build bridges between those that have experienced war, and the younger generations.
Thank you for your service Corporal Barlow, and thank you to all that make the trip to Normandy for these commemorations.
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