- Starts: 29/04/2019 6:30 pm
- Ends: 30/11/2019 4:00 pm
The ‘In their footsteps’ exhibit: the story of these men and women who lived the Landing
They are called Léonard, Thomas or Françoise. They are Canadian, British or French, soldiers or civilians and they were here in June 1944 on our Normand beaches. Some landed on Juno Beach, others lived on the Côte de Nacre and had been waiting for the Allies for long months.
They tell us what they lived through and show us the images that stayed in their minds, and will forever… The fear, the anguish, the noise, the bloody battle, the arrival of the Canadian soldiers with their funny accent and the joy or being freed.
To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Landing, the Terres de Nacre Tourist Office and the Juno Beach Centre are proud to announce, from April 2019, the start of the exhibit “In their footsteps”, that pays homage to the actors and witnesses of the Second World War.
This exhibit will be presented thanks to the support of the town community Coeur de Nacre, the Normandy Region and its private partners: RTE, Veolia, CIC and Hyper U.
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.
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.
The ‘In their footsteps’ exhibit: the story of these men and women who lived the Landing They are called Léonard, Thomas or Françoise. They are Canadian, British or French, soldiers or civilians and they were here in June 1944 on
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.