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More than a museum dedicated to the landings on D-Day, the Juno Beach Centre is a place of memory representing a whole nation. It recalls the participation of Canada in the Second World War and its important contribution to the liberation of Western Europe. Canada itself emerged transformed from the conflict.
Open since 2003, the Juno Beach Centre is located opposite the beach in Courseulles-sur-Mer, on one of the strongpoints which protected the harbour entrance and which the 3rd Canadian Division had to neutralize on 6 June 1944. More than just a museum dedicated to the landings on D-Day, it is a place of memory for an entire nation. It is devoted to the participation of Canada in the Second World War and its important contribution to the liberation of Western Europe.
At war alongside the United Kingdom as soon as September 1939, Canada had made a considerable effort by mobilizing all its economic and human resources. After a rapid industrial transformation, it had become, with the United States, the ‘arsenal of democracy’.
If conscription was restored, Canada sent fast only volunteers overseas. Painful memories of the First World War evoked indeed tensions arising between English-speakers and French-speakers on this question. More than one million Canadians were mobilized during the conflict, nearly half of the men in the age to bear arms. At the end, the country came out of the war transformed and with its national unity intact.
The Juno Beach Centre offers visitors a comprehensive overview of Canada’s war efforts, through six thematic showrooms. An emotional film entitled ‘Dans leurs pas’ (‘They walk with you’) allows everyone to identify with the history of a single individual Canadian infantryman.
During the Allied invasion of Normandy Arlette Varin, ten years old, lived in the city of Lisieux. On 6 June 1944 she lost a part of her family. During the rest of her life she never blamed the Allied soldiers. She only suffered from guilt that she was the one who survived.
The longest Day 6 June 1944 entered history under the now legendary name of D-Day, the Allied landings on the beaches of Normandy. It was the most dramatic part of Operation Overlord, that marked the beginning of the liberation of