A small group of about 25 people gathered Saturday in Chilliwack to pay their respects to those who fought and lost their lives on D-Day.
Saturday, June 6 marked the 76th anniversary of the Normandy landings which took place during the Second World War.
A total of 14,000 Canadians landed or parachuted into Juno Beach on June 6, 1944 during the Battle of Normandy. There were 1,074 Canadian casualties, including 359 deaths.
“To these soldier we owe the freedom that we take for granted today. Let us never forget their service and sacrifice, and the horror and tragedies that occurred,” said retired army officer Rollie Keith.
Saturday’s short, 15-minute ceremony at Legion Memorial Gardens (at Vedder View Gardens Cemetery on Watson Road) included the laying of two wreaths, a reading of the history of D-Day by Rollie Keith and a nine-person Colour Party from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 280. The parade commander was warrant officer Doug Harrison.
Eight Second World War veterans who currently live in Chilliwack were recognized that day. They are:
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