WINNIPEG – While the world marked D-Day Friday, Winnipeggers unable to travel to Normandy paid their respects today for those who fought in the battle.
On June 6, 1944 France’s Normandy coast was stormed by 130,000 Canadian, British, and US soldiers, attacking Nazi troops.
“They knew there was something to be done and you were trained for it,” said D-Day veteran and retired Lieutenant Norm Donogh.
At 91-years-old, Donogh was only 21 when he fought in the battle of Normandy in the Second World War. What he remembers most from his experience are those who died.
“I think just the loss of friends, people,” he said, of what impacts him most.
Donogh was wounded a few days after landing at Juno beach.
“We think it’s important that we honour that promise we made, lest we forget, and so that’s why it’s important that not just we be here, but the kids and the grandparents,” said Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
Now that most veterans are in their 90′s, younger generations are trying to keep the battles and history alive.
“It’s just important to keep the memory alive,” said Louis-Philipp Bujold, who came to the ceremony Saturday.
While those who went through the war don’t want anyone to experience what they had to.
“Don’t ever want to let it happen again, don’t ever want it to happen again,” said Donogh.