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    Juno Centre and Juno Park

    by CdnJane Written Jul 3, 2015

    The Canadian memorial Juno Centre was well worth the trip. Very well laid out with special exhibits too. I was very impressed by the young Canadians working at the centre - they were friendly, very knowledgeable, and helpful. The centre gave a real sense of the history of Juno Beach, and the events of D-Day. Hard to imagine when it was a bright sunny day, and the Channel wasn't that rough. There were good videos, especially the last one. Well worth visiting.

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    You can't miss the Tourist Office

    by ranger49 Updated Jun 27, 2015

    In my first travels in France in the 1960s and 70s I was puzzled by a frequently seen sign as we passed through villages and small towns - S.I - often on a small wood or metal plaque on what looked like an office building.
    Then it began to be seen in full and I learned it stood for Syndicat d' Initiative and by then had a more attractive appearance and revealed itself as part of the French system of Tourist Information Offices. In fact France was in the forefront of tourism development and the first SI was established in 1889.
    Now it seems no place, however small or large, is without its own Tourist Office. Year on year the quality of the available information and publicity gets better and better and no activity or special interest that a visitor may have is omitted. Likewise the welcoming attitude and friendliness of staff reflects a high level of training and commitment.
    I am sure that this spread of information and helpfulness is why I believe it is possible to "see something worthwhile where ever you go".
    This office is not only attractive with a spacious , well stocked interior and helpful staff but conveniently located in the centre of the beach area.
    IT is also next door to a very nice tourist shop that stocks quality local products as well as the more usual post cards, buckets and spades and sun hats!

    (In contrast my own town's Tourist Office has been moved from its excellent location at the bus station, close to the railway station, to the Tithe Barn next to St Mary's Priory Church in Abergavenny )

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    World War II memorials

    by Diverdan28 Written Dec 13, 2009

    Canadian Troops came ashore in c-S-M and the surrounding area. In addition to the large Juno beach centre, there are other locally maintained memorials and tributes. The tank shown was recovered several years ago and has plaques commemorating many of the regiments that participated in D-Day

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    World War II memorials

    by Diverdan28 Written Dec 13, 2009

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    Canadian Troops came ashore in c-S-M and the surrounding area. In addition to the large Juno beach centre, there are other locally maintained memorials and tributes. The tank shown was recovered several years ago and has plaques commemorating many of the regiments that participated in D-Day

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    D-Day Beach – Juno

    by vichatherly Updated Aug 13, 2009

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    This is where the Canadians came ashore on D-Day. They took some heavy casualties, especially the Winnipeg Rifles.

    Leading Formations
    6th Armoured Regiment (1st Hussars) DD Tanks
    The Royal Winnipeg Rifles
    The Regina Rifle Regiment
    10th Armoured Regiment (Fort Gary Horse) DD Tanks
    The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
    The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment

    Objective of the Day
    The Canadians objectives were to the capture and clearance of the coastal villages and towns along Juno beach, particularly Courseulles, St Aubin and Bernieres.

    The landing was a tremendous success, after the horrific casualties taken at the beginning, which actually as heavy as those on Omaha. Fortunately the day got better and the Canadians made the greatest gains of all on D-Day, in some place seven miles inland.

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    Royal Winnipeg Rifles & Canadian Scottish

    by vichatherly Updated Aug 11, 2009

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    As I work for a UK based Canadian company, and my wife has visited the offices in Winnipeg, we sought out this granite memorial to the Royal Winnipeg Rifles and Canadian Scottish who suffered heavy losses at Graye-sur-Mer.

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    Graye Churchill Tank

    by vichatherly Written Aug 11, 2009

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    This tank is situated at the junction of the Green (left) and Red (right) sectors of Mike/JUNO Beach. Thus is where the Royal Winnipeg Rifles came ashore on 6th June 1944. The suffered 128 casualties, the second heaviest Canadian regimental casualties of the day.

    This tank came ashore and slid down into the flooded culvert, it sunk and was then hit by mortars. The sunken tank was incorporated into the exit road and there it stayed until 1976 when it was recovered.

    A nice end to the story was that at the ceremony inaugurating the tank as a memorial was attended by two of the survivors who managed to get out of it before it sank.

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    Juno Beach Centre

    by vichatherly Written Aug 10, 2009

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    This is a really interesting museum which was only opened in June 2003, on the 6th of course.

    It tells the exploits of the Canadian troops who landed in this area on D-Day.

    The museum guides are interestingly all young Canadians, and they come across as being especially proud of what there countrymen did for the free world in this part of France.

    There are also exhibits of Canada role in WWII as a whole and this certainly showed me a few things which I had not come across before.

    Well worth a visit.

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    Juno Beach Centre

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Feb 29, 2008

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    Juno Beach Centre contains the names of all the Canadian soldiers dead in Europe during the Second World War. To its interior there is a shown of heirlooms of the soldiers and tapes on the unloading.

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    Juno Beach

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Feb 29, 2008

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    Juno Beach has been the place of the unloading of the Canadian troops during the D-Day (6 June 1944). To walk on this beach feel me exciting and touched... to walk on a beach where many people are dead... Today it is very difficult to imagine such moments with people that swim or have sunbath.
    You can seen some bunkers and posting of German machine guns.

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    Canadian War Cemetery

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Feb 29, 2008

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    In Rievers, few kilometers from Juno Beach, there is the Canadian War Cemetery: edge of French land given to Canada to commemorate its dead soldiers during the D-Day unloading.

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    Charles De Gaulle's cross

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Feb 29, 2008

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    On the beach you can see a big Lorena's cross that shows the point in which the general Charles De Gaulle reached shore after the unloading.

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