D-Day 75th Anniversary Commemorations

World leaders will continue commemorations in Normandy on Thursday, June 6th to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined Queen Elizabeth and other dignitaries at a ceremony in Portsmouth, England on Wednesday, June 5th - just metres from where thousands of Canadian, American and British soldiers boarded ships the night before they stormed the beaches during the Second World War. After the ceremony, Trudeau and the leaders of 15 other countries signed a joint declaration pledging to work together as allies and friends to defend democracy, tolerance a

It was 75 years ago that thousands of Canadian, American and British soldiers loaded onto ships in Portsmouth for the fateful assault on Nazi-occupied France, known as D-Day.

The assault on the beaches of Normandy on June 6th marked a major turning point in the Second World War and spelled the beginning of the end of Nazi rule in Europe. But the battle came at a heavy cost -- 359 Canadians were killed and another 715 wounded or captured.

Sergeant At Arms and Poppy Chairman with the Olds Legion Branch #105 Leslie Manchur says D-Day was one of the most significant events in the 20th century.

She says there is a D-Day ceremony at the Cenotaph in Centennial Park.

The D-Day Ceremony at 7 o'clock at the Cenotaph on Thursday, June 6th. 

Everyone is welcome and refreshments will follow at the Olds Legion.

If there's inclement weather the service will be held at the Legion.

 

(Contains content from the Canadian Press)

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