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Local Second World War veterans honoured

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Three young men who grew up in the RM of St. Francois Xavier and were killed during the D-Day Invasion were recently honoured.

The municipal council donated $500 and the SFX Historical Society donated $250 to purchase three commemorative bricks bearing the names of Lance-Corporal William Martin and Riflemen Philip Zastre and Alfred Houle, who served in the Royal Winnipeg Rifles.

The Rifles were among the Canadian troops who landed on Juno Beach on June 6, 1944, or D-Day. Zastre and Houle were killed on the beach and Martin died of wounds he sustained during the assault. All three are buried in the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery.

The bricks are placed in a memorial kiosk at the Juno Beach Centre.

"It’s a permanent memorial," said Keven Van Camp, of the SFX Historical Society.


— Staff

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