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Signature commemorative ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in Courseulles-sur-Mer, France

June 6, 2019

On June 6, 2019 the Government of Canada marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy with a signature commemorative ceremony at the Juno Beach Centre in Courseulles-sur-Mer, France.

The Government of Canada delegation was led by the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, who was accompanied by His Excellency Edouard Philippe, Prime Minister of the French Republic. In addition to the delegation, the Government of Canada was honoured to have members of the Canadian Armed Forces, members of the local community and the public participate in the ceremony.

On June 6 1944, known as D-Day, Allied troops stormed German defences on the beaches of Normandy to open the way to Germany from the West. The task was formidable. The Germans had turned the coastline into a continuous fortress of guns, pillboxes, razor wire, mines and beach obstacles. Against difficult odds, the Canadians advanced against the best troops the enemy had. Victory in the Normandy campaign, however, would come at a terrible cost. The Canadians suffered the most casualties of any division in the British Army Group.

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