World War II Veterans Honored in BC, Across Canada (75th Anniversary of D-Day)


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2019 marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. The BC/Yukon Command of the Royal Canadian Legion branches have been involved in hosting and facilitating commemoration events since the beginning of this year. “This year marks a special year for generations affected by World War 2. Our World War 2 veterans are reducing in number, but their honored sacrifice will remain with us forever,” said David Whittier, Executive Director of the BC/Yukon Command. “While being a veteran myself, and going overseas several times, there is a certain reverence when in the presence of our World War 2 veterans.”

Several branches across BC have participated in D-Day commemoration events, bringing people from diverse backgrounds together to celebrate and learn more about Canada’s involvement in D-day. BC/Yukon Legion Members provided the color party for the launch of Veteran Affairs Canada “Boots Across Canada” event on March 29, 2019 at Pacific Central Station in Vancouver. Many WWII vets attended a Veterans Tea at Government House recently, hosted by Premier Horgan. Branches have chosen to initiate their own commemorative events in remembrance of those that stormed Juno Beach and fought in the Battle of Normandy. Several BC, World War 2 Veterans will be traveling to Halifax to take part in Veteran Affairs Canada’s ceremony on June 6, 2019.

“We are keepers of remembrance. And as we continue commemorations, we must look and listen to our younger generations to pass on our proud traditions. It is our
duty to honor the sacrifices made by men and women who have served, those who are currently acting in service to our great country, and at this time, our World War 2
veterans.”, said BC/Yukon Command President Glenn Hodge. “Membership is open to all citizens and we encourage community members to join their local legion and participate in building Canada’s legacy of diversity, vibrancy and strength.”

BC Legion branches commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day on June 6:

Port Coquitlam Branch #133 – 11am at Port Coquitlam City Hall Cenotaph
Vedder Golden Branch #280 – 10:40am at Vedder View Gardens 44675 Watson Road, Chilliwack 
Kamloops Branch #52 – 11am at the Battle Street Cenotaph, Kamloops, BC
Cranbrook Branch #24 – 1pm in Rotary Park, Cranbrook