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Emerson Senior Corner
by Cheryl Wichern

Woodmore Women's

Article by
Ray and Marilyn Hamm

Gwen Randall-Young
I welcome two new contributors to our on-line paper.  One you will be familiar with if you read our hard copy paper in the past.  She is Gwen Randall-Young, and award winning author and psychologist.
The other is Ray Marilyn Hamm from Altona.  I just find the articles he sends interesting and I hope you will too.
80th Anniversary of D- Day
by Don Piett

Today, June 6, is the 80th anniversary of the Allied forces landing on the beaches of Normandy.  This was the largest amphibian operation in the history of warfare and Canada played a major role.

In 1944 World War II was in full swing, with the German army controlling most of Europe (Allies were advancing up the Italian peninsula and the Russians were advancing on the Eastern front). The strategy of the Allies was to establish a western front, forcing the Germans to fight on three fronts at the same time.
Canada has a proud history in the war.  Despite a population of only 11 million at the time, our country made major contributions to the Allied cause.  D-Day was no exception.

Canadian forces were charged with landing at one of the five beaches slated for the invasion.  The Canadian beach was designated Juno Beach and was located between Gold and Sword beaches, both invaded by British forces.  The remaining beaches, Omaha and Utah were invaded by the American forces.
In total 14,000 Canadians took part in the D-Day landings.  Casualties were high as the German forces were entrenched in fortifications called the "Atlantic Wall."  The defenses were formidable, including 2 battalions of the 716th Infantry division.

The first Canadians on the beach at 7:49 am were members of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, followed quickly by the Queen's Own Rifles.  These units suffered heavy losses.

In all 381 Canadian soldiers and airmen were killed in the fighting on D- Day.  Another 584 were wounded and 131 were captured (figures from the Juno Beach Centre). But by the time the advances were called off at the end of the day, the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division had pushed further inland than any other landing force.

Canada played a major role in the defeat of the Axis forces and ending the evil of the Nazi regime.  We should be proud of the contributions of our forefathers who rose to the challenge.

This Sunday, June 9, the Emerson Legion will be holding a Decoration Day Service at the Emerson Cemetery.  The ceremony will start at 2:00 pm.  Attending this ceremony would be a great way to honour the men and women who fought for our country in all past wars.

Lest we forget.