Texture: D-Day Beaches

This is Juno Beach, one of the sites in Normandy where the D-Day landings took place in World War II, the largest seaborne landing in history. Today (June 6) is the 73rd anniversary of the massive invasion by Allied forces against the Nazis in northern France, code-named Operation Neptune. To walk on Juno Beach, as I did last fall, is to honour the more than 300 Canadianswho died here during the invasion, and to remember the more than 4,000 Allied soldiers from the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Belgium, Denmark and a dozen other countries who also fell that day along nearby beaches across the northern coast of France, all to preserve our freedom.

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