Visitors from Îles-de-la-Madeleine

| August 2, 2019

On the initiative of Mr. Thierry Motte, head of the international relations department of the Départment de la Manche, we had the pleasure to welcome the Quebec delegation from Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine composed of Mr. Jonathan Lapierre, Mayor of the municipality and president of the maritime community of Îles-de-la-Madeleine and his wife Nancy, Mr. Serge Rochon, general manager of the municipality, Mr. Gaétan Richard, municipal councillor, and his wife Dorothée, Mrs. Anne-Emanuelle Tardif, development officer, , Mr. Michel Bonato, Director-General of Tourism , Mr. Sony Cormier, director of the chamber of tourism Trade Mr. Philippe Weighing-Bellemare, development officer,and Mrs. Rosana Taker, Veterans Museum for the CAMI.


This visit was part of a study trip, les Îles-de-la-Madeleine being twinned with the Départment de la Manche.


At the end of the visit, Mr. Jonathan Lapierre gave the Juno Beach Centre the booklet edited by the Royal Canadian Legion on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the landing. It presents the 339 names of the Second World War veterans and Merchant Navy sailors from Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine of which 23 have lost their lives, including 4 who rest at the Canadian war cemetery of Bény-sur-Mer in Normandy (booklet also available at the Veterans’ Museum of CAMI’s historical site – Grosse Ile) ➡https://bit.ly/2KhaOHc).

One of the pages presents the biography of Mr. Jonathan Lapierre’s uncle, Antoine Eloquin of the Régiment de la Chaudière. He volunteered at the age of 20 years old, anded at Bernières-sur-Mer on June 6, 1944 before being taken prisoner for eleven months to return home only at the end of 1945.The page in question, commented by Mr. Jonathan Lapierre, has been placed in the Book of Veterans’ Families exposed in the museum.

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Thank you to the delegation for this visit. Back home, you will be able to say that at the Juno Beach Centre and in Normandy, we remember our liberators. We also bring their memory to life, especially through projects such as the presentation of nearly 900 banners of portraits of liberators organized by the Comité du Débarquement ➡ https://bit.ly/2Kd8h23. One of these banners, in Bernières-sur- Mer, presents the portrait of Conrad Landry, a 102-year-old Madelinot who federates around him respect, admiration and affection on both sides of the Atlantic ➡ https://bit.ly/2KaU85e

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