- Starts: 01/03/2019 9:00 am
- Ends: 29/11/2019 12:00 am
A temporary exhibition developed by the Canadian War Museum in partnership with the Juno Beach Centre.
During the Second World War, women experienced anxiety, fear, worry and loss, while holding on to hope.
They contributed to the war effort by working and by drawing upon their energy and skills to seize new opportunities, and to successfully take on new responsibilities — often receiving little recognition in return.
They paved the way to profound social change.
This exhibition pays tribute to some of those women — Canadian and European alike — in recognition of their courage and many unsung contributions.
Devolved to the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, Juno Beach stretched from Graye-sur-Mer to Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer. On D-Day, despite the difficulties to neutralize some German strongpoints and a relatively high casualty rate, Canadian troops were able to penetrate deep inland before being blocked overnight northwest of Caen.
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.
The cemetery at Bény-sur-Mer, located a few miles from Juno Beach, is one of two Canadian military cemeteries in Normandy. In total they harbour 4.800 graves of soldiers killed during the fighting in the summer of 1944. The tombstones demonstrate the importance of Canadian participation in the liberation of France and Northwestern Europe.