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Encounter at Beny-sur-Mer

Heroes Remember - D-Day

Encounter at Beny-sur-Mer

I had occasion to, for one person to come up to me there when we were at Beny-sur-Mer and he said, “I was six years old when they, it, when they landed here,” he said, “at Juno Beach” and he said, “I was six years old.” I said, “Do you remember that?” “Oh yeah,” he said, he remembered. Like, he could speak good English and he said, his parents of course kept him hidden away somewhere but he said, “I remember very well,” he said, “when the people landed here on..” He was six years old. You know, he gave me a big hug which was pretty good. I don't know, just, hopefully the kids today, you know, realize what happened, you know, they learn from it. That's all you can hope for, really.

Mr. Bruce describes a touching encounter with a child survivor of the Allied advance through Beny-sur-Mer, during a post-war pilgrimage.

Robert Bruce

Robert Bruce was born on February 11, 1922 at Sturgeon Valley, Saskatchewan. He was the second youngest of eight children. After they were forced to sell their farm when his mother was widowed, the community built Mr. Bruce’s family a new house across from the local school. He left school at fourteen, didn’t qualify academically for the air force, and eventually joined the army, where he served as a truck driver. Mr. Bruce served in post D-Day Europe from France to Germany. After the war, he returned to Canada and worked on the railroad.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Robert Bruce
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
Truck Driver

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