While we were visiting Caen, we took a short one hour bus ride out to Courseulles-sur-Mer, known to Canadians and most of the world as Juno Beach, where Canadian soldiers landed at D-day June 6th 1944.
The Juno Beach 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. The museum tells about life in Canada during the 1930’s, as well as Canada’s contribution to the war, giving both a soldier’s perspective as well as the political and social perspective of the life and times of that period in our history.
After touring the museum we walked the Beach. Even with all the photos and artifacts we viewed, and the films and radio recordings we listened to running through our minds it was still difficult to fully understand and appreciate what our soldiers went through during the war.
This image and others like it are available for viewing and purchase through the gallery and website.