June 6, 1944 marked the invasion of Allied troops to Normandy and this year marks the 75th year of what is still the largest air, land, and sea invasion in history against the Hitler’s forces. History will be lost without remembering the past.
A drive through this region of France offers the opportunity to reflect back to honor the sacrifices of our U.S. and Allied troops. troops. We stopped at the Juno Beach Centre , which is dedicated as a museum to honor the sacrifice of some 45,000 young Canadian men and women who fought alongside Allied forces to liberate France during World War II.
“The Juno Beach Centre is Canada’s Second World War museum and cultural centre located in Normandy, France. The Centre pays homage to the 45,000 Canadians who lost their lives during the War, of which 5,500 were killed during the Battle of Normandy and 359 on D-Day. Opened in 2003 by veterans and volunteers with a vision to create a permanent memorial to all Canadians who served during the Second World War, the Centre’s mandate is to preserve this legacy for future generations through education and remembrance.” – from Juno Centre’s website
A Plaque in the Centre
Learn more about our visit to Juno Beach by visiting Normandy France- Juno Beach
Once you have finished your visit to the Juno Beach Centre . You should consider explore the historic Juno Beach just over the sand dunes, if weather permits. I highly recommend this museum and a walk on the beach, if you are ever in Normandy.
We further visited the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, which contain some 2,048 WWII Canadian soldiers with around 19 unidentified soldiers. The cemetery is beautiful and peacefully quiet. This cemetery is located about 1 kilometer east of the village of Reviers, France.