It looks peaceful now doesn’t it?
73 years ago today, it was far from peaceful.
It must have been hell. It must have been terrifying.
June 6th, 1944; Canadians, many of them young teenagers, were storming these beaches.
It was the beginning of the liberation of Europe.
They had been training for this day in Scotland, some for as long as a year. There were over 7,000 vessels on the coast, with two big Canadian sectors involving the 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade, The Royal Winnipeg Rifles, The Canadian Scottish Regiment with the 1st Hussars in support in one Wing. In the other; the Regina Rifles, North Shore Regiment, the Queen’s Own Rifles and the 8th Canadian Infantry division supported by the Ford Garry Horse armored division.
By nightfall the 3rd Canadian Infantry division had captured the heights of Caen.
The butchers bill; 18,000 Canadian casualties, over 5,ooo of us dying on this Beach on that day; some our Grandfathers, Grand Uncles, and forefathers of friends and neighbors.
Today, and everyday, we remember. Especially now as our freedoms are challenged and resented constantly in present day from others who threaten our desire to live as free people desire to choose.