New Juno Beach Centre Installation Represents 359 Canadians Killed on D-Day
Campaign Challenges Canadians to Honour D-Day Fallen from Their Community
NATIONAL, March 27, 2014 /Canada NewsWire/ - In honour of the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014, the Juno Beach Centre launched Canada's D-Day Tribute: a sprawling installation made up of 359 maple tribute markers (one for every fallen Canadian killed in action on June 6, 1944) mounted on France's Juno Beach from June to November. The campaign challenges Canadians to honour soldiers from their community by sponsoring a tribute marker in their name. This moving visual representation of one of the most pivotal offensives of the war will help a new generation understandCanada's sacrifice at Juno Beach.
"The Juno Beach Centre helps us remember and appreciate not just the incredible valour of June 6, 1944, but that of all Canadians on land, in the air, and at sea during World War II," said General (Ret'd) Rick Hillier, Patron, Juno Beach Centre Association. "Canada's D-Day Tribute is an opportunity for Canadians from coast-to-coast to honour the sacrifices made 70 years ago and pay tribute to the men who made them. D-Day was a pivotal moment in Canadian history and we commemorate the Canadians who were part of that extraordinary achievement."
The Juno Beach Centre is Canada's only museum on the D-Day Landing Beaches in Normandy, founded by Second World War veterans and volunteers in 2003 as a lasting testament to the Canadian contribution on D-Day and the Normandy Invasion. The funds raised through this initiative will support future commemoration and educational programming.