Remembrance Day on Juno. A Day in the Life #2

| November 11, 2016

Over the next three weeks, we’ll be posting updates on this blog that provide insight into what it’s like to work at the JBC and to live in Courseulles-Sur-Mer. Check up on it every Wednesday and Friday until November 25th!

Every day on Juno holds something a little bit different. But like anywhere else, eventually you settle into a routine. However, that routine is always shattered by two key dates: June 6th, and November 11th.

Standing on Juno Beach on November 11th brings a very special significance to Remembrance Day. As kids, we have ceremonies at school, read “In Flanders Fields”, and take a moment of silence. Here on Juno, the ceremony follows roughly the same format, with some French influence. However there is something deeply profound about holding a Remembrance Day ceremony 100m from Juno Beach. When we talk about soldiers leaving to fight in a land far away, this is that land.

Remembrance Day for a JBC guide is a day that reminds us why we are here. The connection that all Canadians share here is especially evident today. We don’t live in a perfect world, or a just one, but standing on this beach, today of all days, should remind us that what brings us together as Canadians is far greater than what divides us.

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