Friday, October 15 2004

I’ve always had a fascination with Canadian history and have tried to visit the locations of notable events whenever I travel. One location in particular stood out to me while I was travelling Europe back in 2004. This was the beach at Dieppe in Seine-Maritime, France. At the time, I was 21 years old – and had I been born in a different time, I may have found myself part of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division – landing on these beaches during the Dieppe Raid on August 19, 1942.

If you have not had the opportunity to visit Somme, Juno, Normandy, Arras, Ypres, Vimy, or any other former battle ground that involved Canadian troops, I recommend you do so.

Almost 1000 Canadians perished on the beaches of Dieppe of that fateful morning in the summer of 1942. They heralded from many cities and towns across Canada. Their names are etched in stone in Dieppe at the Canadian cemetery. They fought, suffered, and died in service of our country.

Every Canadian citizen should be grateful and appreciative of their sacrifice.

~Vigilamus pro te

Johnpaul A – Triovest

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