A local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion is inviting the public to attend a program next month that carries with it honor, sacrifice and remembrance on one of the most historically-significant dates in military history.
On Tuesday, June 6 at 11:00 am, the Loreburn/Elbow Branch #251 will be holding a rededication service to acknowledge the refurbishment of the memorial cenotaph that is located in Loreburn. The program will be held in the village park, weather permitting. Afterward, cake and a potluck lunch will follow at the Town & Country Centre.
The date of the event coincides with D-Day, which took place on June 6, 1944, when the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division landed on Juno Beach, storming ashore in the face of fierce opposition from German strongholds. The soldiers raced across the wide-open beaches swept with machine gun fire and stormed the gun positions, fighting their way into the towns of Bernieres, Courseulles and St. Aubin before advancing inland, securing a critical bridgehead for the allied invasion. This victory was considered a turning point in World War II, leading to the liberation of Europe and the defeat of Nazi Germany.