06 June 2019

CWGC hosts D-Day 75 anniversary ceremony at Beny-sur-Mer

Yesterday, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) and the Canadian government held a commemorative ceremony at the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Stone of Remembrance at Beny-sur-Mer 

The ceremony marked the sacrifices made by the Canadian soldiers during the Normandy invasion and the days following, including those that died on Juno Beach on the morning of 6 June 1944.

Hosted at the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, the ceremony was attended by D-Day veterans, officials from the Canadian government, the Canadian Armed Forces and CWGC staff, including Director General Victoria Wallace.

Victoria Wallace at Beny-sur-Mer

Members of the public were also invited to join the ceremony and honour the legacy of the men who took the first steps towards liberating France 75 years before, as well as the celebrating the men who survived, many of whom were in attendance.

A veteran attending Beny-sur-Mer

Many of those buried at Beny-sur-Mer were men of the 3rd Canadian Division who died either on D-Day itself, or in the following advance towards Caen. The cemetery contains 2,048 Second World War burials, predominantly Canadian, 19 of which are unidentified.

Beny-sur-Mer D-Day 75 event

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