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Legion honours the 80th anniversary of D-Day

A skirl of bagpipes sounded across Huntingdon at 10 a.m. on June 6, as members of the Huntingdon branch of the Royal Canadian Legion met at the cenotaph in Prince-Arthur Park to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the 1944 invasion of the beaches of Normandy in Northern France during World War II. More than 14,000 Canadian soldiers took part in the operation which is often referred to as D-Day, including the late Dan Galipeau and Wilf Smith, who were members of the Huntingdon branch.

 

PHOTO Sarah Rennie

 

Legion president Ronald Critchley led a brief but symbolic ceremony that included piper Wanda Goundrey and flag bearer Richard Faille. A wreath was placed at the cenotaph in remembrance of those who gave their lives at Juno Beach, and in honour of the soldiers who survived and returned home. (SR)

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