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Wartime Heritage Remembers the 67th Anniversary of D-Day and the Normandy Campaign June 6, 2011   Today,   Canadians   commemorate   the   67th   anniversary   of   D-Day-the   first   day   of   a   major Allied   invasion   of   occupied   France   that   led   to   the   end   of   the   Second   World   War.   It   was   a massive undertaking, involving the Allied fighting forces on land, sea and in the air. On   June   6,   1944,   more   than   450   Canadians   parachuted   inland   before   dawn   on   the beaches   of   Normandy   and   engaged   the   enemy.   A   few   hours   later,   15,000   Canadian   troops began   coming   ashore   at   Juno   Beach   in   the   face   of   enemy   fire.   Their   courage   and   skill helped   lead   the   Allied   advance   and   soon,   the   Canadians   had   captured   three   shoreline positions. Through   the   summer   of   1944   the   soldiers   of   the   First   Canadian   Army,   the   Royal   Canadian Air   Force   and   the   Royal   Canadian   Navy   continued   fighting   against   a   powerful   enemy, suffering and inflicting heavy casualties. On August 25, 1944, Paris was liberated by   the   Allies,   ending   the   Battle   of   Normandy.   Nine   months   later,   the   Allies   achieved   final victory   in   Europe.   The   triumph   at   D-Day   and   the   Battle   of   Normandy   was   not   without sacrifice. Of the 90,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders who served in this military     campaign, 5,000 would make the ultimate sacrifice. Canada   remembers   its   heroes-we   pay   tribute   to   their   legacy   and   honour   those   who   continue   to   serve.   We   enjoy   our   freedom   today   thanks   to these brave Canadians. It is our duty to remember them.    Lest we forget.
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D-Day and the Normandy Campaign
In All Our Sons' by David Craig