JUNO BEACH, France -- A contingent representing Manitoba marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day on Friday, a solemn day of pomp and ceremony.
The anniversary of the important military occasion began with Manitoba regiment ceremonies at Graye-sur-Mer with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles and Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer with the Fort Garry Horse followed by a visit to Canada House at Bernières-sur-Mer.
The Manitoba ceremonies were followed by an international commemoration ceremony at Ouistreham and a Canadian ceremony at Juno Beach attended by Prince Charles, Prime Minister Steven Harper, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and a number of other dignitaries.
"The experience of visiting Normandy, and specifically Juno Beach where so many young Manitobans lost their lives, is one I will never forget," said Selinger. "It is both humbling and an honour to be able to participate in such a moving and poignant event, and remember the sacrifices made by so many."
"To see so many people from Canada, France and around the world here in Normandy to remember the fallen is very powerful," said Selinger. "It is a stark reminder to never take the freedom we enjoy for granted."
The day finished with a reception for Manitoba veterans.