Retracing Their Footsteps, 72 Years Later

| June 9, 2016

Luke, a Juno Beach Centre guide, reflects on his experience on Juno Beach on D-Day.

Living and working on Juno Beach where I’m reminded on a daily of the sacrifices made by Canadians here is humbling. This is especially true on June 6, D-Day, when the emotion of this place is magnified. You can feel the weight of the 14,000 Canadians who landed here. It’s at once awe-inspiring, humbling, and utterly fantastic.

On Monday, the guide team decided to go all together to the 10pm lantern ceremony at Canada House in Bernières-sur-Mer.  We walked along the same beach where brave young Canadians around our age landed 72 years ago. The walk was quite emotional and forced us to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made to secure democracy, freedom, and the other values we hold so dear today.

When I think of the enormity of the D-Day invasion, I often remember the Robert F. Kennedy quote: “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

These beaches remind me to always continue to fight against oppression and resistance.

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