Like each year, the Juno Beach Centre commemorated November 11 by organising a Canadian Remembrance Day ceremony. Amongst the numerous guests were Monsieur CHAUVOIS Vice-Président of the Basse-Normandie Region, Monsieur Frédéric POUILLE, Mayor of Courseulles-sur-Mer, Lieutenant-Colonel MARTEL, representing the Canadian armed forces, lieutenant-colonel Christophe BAUCHET, délégué militaire départemental adjoint du Calvados, Matthew BAKER veteran of Afghanistan, Monsieur LEBARON délégué de Mémoire of the Canadian Embassy.
Every year on November 11th, Canadians remember the veterans who served their country in times of war and peace. Over 1.5 million Canadians served during both world wars and more than 116,000 died, including 5,500 in who rest here in Normandy.
8 decades have passed since the end of the Second World War, and since then, over 125 000 Canadians have served in various peacekeeping operations and during the war in Afghanistan.
Let’s also have special thoughts today for the veterans we have lost over the years but whose memory reinforces our pledge to peace and education to peace.
Last year on this day, we were blessed with the presence of D-Day veteran Lieutenant-Colonel Ernest Côté. He passed away in in February. Mister Côté, we remember you.
Marie-Eve Vaillancourt, History Department Manager – Juno Beach Centre
After this introduction, Monsieur Frédéric POUILLE, Maire de Courseulles-sur-Mer and Monsieur CHAUVOIS Vice-Président de la Région Basse-Normandie addressed the public followed by Etienne FERLAND and Léa MENARD, as well as Alexandra DAIGLE and Nicole MISENER, guides at the JBC, who read In Flanders Fields by John McCrae.
Roger ALEXANDRE, vice president of the Juno Beach Centre’s Friends Association and retired Master Corporal Matt BAKER, Afghanistan veteran, read the act of Remembrance in French and English.
After the Last Post, a Minute of Silence, the Reveil, wreath were laid in front of the statue named « Remembrance and renewal». Followed by the national Anthems played by the Harmonie municipale de Courseulles-sur-Mer.
To mark the end of the ceremony, the dignitaries shook hand with the flag barers and a reception was offered in the Juno Beach Centre multipurpose room.
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