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Official Government of Canada delegation attends commemorative ceremony at Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery

June 7, 2019

On June 7, 2019 the official Government of Canada delegation that travelled to Normandy, France to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and Battle of Normandy attended a ceremony at Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery in Cintheaux, France. During the ceremony, the recently discovered partial remains of Sergeant John Albert Collis from the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, R.C.I.C., were interred at Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery.

The Allied offensive in Northwest Europe began with the Normandy landings of June 6, 1944. The majority of those buried in the Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery died during the latter stages of the Normandy Campaign, namely the capture of Caen and the Allied thrust southwards to close the Falaise Gap. The cemetery contains 2,958 Second World War burials, with the majority being Canadian, and approximately 90 of them being unidentified.

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