Canadian sacrifices at Beny-sur-mer still inspire

This prayer was left by Canadians on a tree in the gardens.
This prayer was left by North Nova Scotia Highlanders’ Memory Club on a tree in the gardens.

After my recent post about the murder of Canadians at the Abbey d’Ardennes monastery near Caen, France on June 7, 1944, I received the following note from another member of our tour group.

For some reason, when we were leaving the garden area, I stopped by a tree that had a Nova Scotia flag and a piece of paper in a plastic sleeve pinned on it . I was so surprised to see a copy of a prayer delivered there in 1967 by my uncle, Maj. CF Kennedy. My cousin, his daughter, had no idea how it got there. She did find the same prayer, beautifully printed, in her father’s scrapbook. He was a Nova Scotia Highlander and lost his arm in a battle near Caen. She remembers him talking about events at the Abbey.  He was a Member of Parliament  from 1957-67 and we wonder if he visited the Abbey on an official visit in 1967.

We have learned there was a visit to the Abbey this past June by the Nova Scotia Highlanders Memory Club, and they left the copy on the tree.  Lyle took a picture of it at the time, I have attached a copy.

We went to London after the tour and a highlight was a visit to The Tower of London where there is an amazing art installation of 888,246 ceramic poppies in the moat, the last one will be placed November 11th. There are many pictures of it on the web.

The memorial garden and monument to the North Nova Scotia Highlanders who were murdered there on June 7, 1944.
The memorial garden and monument to the North Nova Scotia Highlanders and other Canadian soldiers who were murdered there on June 7, 1944.

The events of this past week have shaken us all and make us even more grateful for the sacrifice of our military, past and present.”

Thank you so much to Carol Bryson for sharing this very special story.
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