The Légion d’honneur awarded to a Canadian veteran at the JBC

On June 6, 2015, during the Canadian D-Day commemorative ceremony, the Canadian veteran Frédérick Bourgeois was awarded the French Légion d’Honneur by Jean Charbonniaud, Préfet of Basse-Normandie,

Frederick Bourgeois is Acadian. He was born in 1922, in Shédiac, New Brunswick. He volunteered to join the North Shore New Brunswick Regiment in 1941. He was eventually transferred to the Fusiliers Mont-Royal Regiment, and arrived in Normandy with the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division. He fought from Caen to Falaise. He was also part of the symbolic return of the 2nd Division in Dieppe in September 1944. He then continued to fight into the Netherlands to Germany.

2015 marks his first time returning to Normandy, with his 2 grand-daughters, to visit the grave of a his brother-in-law, who is buried at the Canadian cemetery of Bény-sur-Mer/Reviers.

“We walked from Normandy to Germany. We were on foot. We walked 10 miles per day.”

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