June 8, 2014 12:40 pm

WEB EXTRA: Reconnaissance pilot describes Juno Beach 70 years ago


ABOVE: Retired Major-General Richard Rohmer tells Tom Clark what his view was from the air above Juno Beach on D-Day in 1944.

“I can see clearly exactly what happened when I was flying up and down this beach at seven in the morning watching the landing craft come in and the battle ships firing at where we were on shore. Most magnificent site I’ve ever seen,” said retired Major-General Richard Rohmer in an interview with Tom Clark on Juno Beach. Rohmer piloted a reconnaissance plane during the Battle of Normandy in 1944.

“One of the human things that is a treasure is that we create images in our minds called memory,” said Rohmer.

Rohmer is the special advisor to the federal government on D-Day commemorative events, and was in Normandy, France this week to mark the 70th anniversary.

He emphasized the importance of sharing the memories of D-Day with younger generations.

“It’s important for the kids to know where the country came from.”

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