- Starts: 01/02/2020 12:00 am
- Ends: 31/12/2020 6:00 pm
In honour of the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe the Juno Beach Centre presents the temporary exhibit “Maple Leaves and Tulips: 75 Years, Then & Now”.
This exhibition, developed and presented by the Juno Beach Centre in partnership with the Liberation Route Europe Foundation, commemorates the 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe to highlight the major role played by Canadians during the Liberation of the Netherlands in the final nine months of the Second World War. Historical moments are evoked in order to illustrate the strong ties that united the two countries during the terrible winter of 1945.
The post war era is also featured, from the many Dutch war brides who followed their Canadian soldier home to a new country, to the first large waves of Dutch immigration to Canada, as well as the many commemorative traditions of the more recent decades.
This exhibition demonstrates that Canadian-Dutch friendship, forged in fire, is still very much alive today.
Exhibition in French, English and Dutch – February to December 2020 – Lobby of the museum – Free entry.
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.