Juno75: Above and Beyond

Defining Moments Canada is thrilled to announce its partnership with the Juno Beach Centre Association to lead the 2019 national commemorative project to share the stories of Canadians’ contributions to the D-Day landings.

Juno75: Above and Beyond will spotlight the stories of 20 Canadians from across the country who were involved in the war effort in Normandy and beyond. Drawing from the extensive interview archive of Testaments of Honour, the goal of this national commemorative project is to inspire young Canadians to discover the lives of those who participated in one of Canada’s best-known battles. Beyond the stories of those veterans who landed on Juno Beach, the project also seeks to commemorate those who continued to serve in the Battle of Normandy, and those whose contributions on the home front were essential to driving the war effort and the country along. (more…)

Veterans Affairs Canada

With the generous support of Veterans Affairs Canada, Juno75: Above and Beyond will offer extensive educational resources designed to guide students in the creation of commemorative projects that examine the stories of service and sacrifice of these individuals. “As the Government of Canada marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy this year, we are pleased to support Defining Moments Canada, through the Commemorative Partnership Program, in this meaningful project to honour the selfless servicemen and women who served during the Battle of Normandy,” says the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, PC QC MP, Former Minister of Veterans Affairs. “This initiative will connect Canadian youth with the faces and experiences of those who fought for our freedom during the Second World War. It is inspiring to know that these students will be able to learn about the courage, determination and sacrifice of so many brave Canadians and share it with their peers.”

Juno Beach Centre Association

The project will also be supported by extensive contextual research from the Juno Beach Centre Association. “The Juno Beach Centre Association is excited to partner with Defining Moments Canada on Juno75: Above and Beyond,” says Mike Bechthold, executive director of the Juno Beach Centre Association. “This project, with its focus on telling stories and connecting today’s youth with yesterday’s heroes, forms an integral part of the JBCA’s Juno75 educational offerings. This is an excellent opportunity for youth across the country to engage in the remembrance and commemoration of one of Canada’s great defining moments.” “The 21 Canadians we will be profiling are just the beginning,” says Neil Orford, program leader at Defining Moments Canada. “We want students to share the stories they discover so that we can honour these untold stories from unheard voices.”