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This tiny village was liberated street by street in heavy hand to hand fighting on June 6, 1944 by the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada unit.
JUNO BEACH CENTRE
Dedicated on June 6, 2003, the Juno Beach Centre in Courseulles is the most important stop on our Canadian Normandy d-day Tour. The center reflects the passionate vision of Canadian D-Day veteran Garth Webb. Mr. Webb wanted the sacrifice of Canadians in France to be commemorated and celebrated at the Centre.
Canadian soldiers who died on D-day and early in the Battle of Normandy are buried at the Canadian Cemetery in Beny-sur-Mer. Central to the immaculate landscaping is the Cross of Sacrifice. Over 2000 men lie buried, including 4 British and one French grave. The land is a permanent concession from the French to the Canadian government.
The Abbaye d’Ardenne is the solemn site of the execution of over 160 Canadian troops on June 6 and 7, 1944. The soldiers were captured by the Germans then interrogated and, contravening the Geneva Conventions, shot rather than held prisoner.