Hundreds of Canadian citizens, communities, and organizations have supported Canada’s D-Day Tribute. Some of them have gone beyond financial support and worked to help us tell the stories of the Canadians who fell on D-Day.
Mary McLaughlin wanted to honour her father’s memory by sponsoring a comrade he landed with. She was able to find a familiar name, get in touch with his remaining family members, and share photos with them and us in order to paint a picture of who those men were before they became soldiers.
BGen William Richard was quick to round up support to sponsor the four fallen members of the Royal Canadian Signals Corp. Those who stepped up worked to research biographies, and contact remaining family members.
Kevin O’Keefe got in touch with the son of the soldier he sponsored, who was kind enough to share a story: “The last time my father saw my mother, he told her he hoped he’d be leaving her something to remember him by. I was born a few months later, on her birthday, and she always told me I was that something.”
The Kay Family and Dr. Richard Edward Christmas are just two examples of family members who have stepped forward to remember their uncles, grandfathers, and brothers. In addition to sponsoring their tributes, they’ve provided their memories and photos to share with other Canadians.
The Lest We Forget program does excellent work in telling the stories of hundreds of fallen Canadians. Often though, no amount of record analysis can tell the story of who these Canadians were before the army and who they planned on being afterwards. The generosity and dedication of family members and other Canadians to help tell these stories ensures that the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.
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