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Letter to the Editor: June 6, 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Reflecting on D-Day 75th anniversary

Dear Editor,

On June 6, 1944, I arrived by boat on Juno Beach in Normandy, France, with the Canadian Scottish Regiment. My role was in the mortar platoon. On June 17, I was based in a barn, anticipating an attack that never came. I went into a nearby shed to disarm the grenades when one exploded, resulting in the loss of my right arm.

When I returned to Canada, I became a member of The War Amps, which was started by amputee veterans returning from the First World War to help each other adapt to their new reality as amputees. Through the years, we have made it a goal to remember and commemorate our fallen comrades, and to educate youth about the horrors of war.

In Normandy, many Canadians died or suffered wounds that they had to carry for the rest of their lives. As we mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, it’s important that we never forget. 


Allan Bacon


Note: Mr Bacon will be celebrating his 100th birthday in December 2019.

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  • Malcolm , May 24, 2019 @ 1:37 pm

    We at the Okotoks Branch #291 of the Royal Canadian legion will commemorate this significant event as we always do annually with a Ceremony at the Cenotaph on Veterans’ Way.
    The Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving will commence at 18:00 hrs (6 pm) on Sunday, June 2nd with the Colour Party arriving at approximately 5:55 pm.

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