Monday, June 6, 2011

D Day 2012

I stood on the Normandy Beaches in 2007 at low tide looking out to the English Channel and imagined what it would've looked like on June 6th, 1944.

Wave after wave of the largest amphibious landing the world had ever seen, landing on the sand that stood at my feet. Here, there was probably not a spot along miles of coastline, that didn't witness absolute horror on that day.

But today, I can close my eyes and see that Normandy beach in my mind all over again. I can imagine corn fields in the French countryside that were replaced by cemeteries like Beny-sur-le-Mer, which hold the final resting places of thousands of Canadian service men that paid the ultimate price for our Freedom.

I love that cemetery. I love the beauty of the maintenance and the groundwork that make it look like the most serene park you have ever laid your eyes on. I love the fact that it is meticulously cared for by people who have the belief system that places like this need to be remembered, and more so, respected.

So today, please take a moment to remember. Remember that days like today are one of the reasons why we are proud to be Canadians.

Lest We Forget...

Juno Beach Museum in Normandy, France.

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