A part of Canada still lives in Dieppe

Whenever Canadians hear the word "Dieppe" they are reminded of August 19, 1942, described by the Canadian Veterans' Association as: "one of the most devastating and bloody chapters in Canadian military history. Of the 4,963 Canadians who embarked from England for the operation, only 2,210 returned, and many of them were wounded. Casualties totaled 3,367, including 916 dead and 1,946 prisoners of war." Under the guise of attempting to capture a German Enigma coding machine, the Allied forces consisting mainly of Canadians were launched on to the shores of the…

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Canadian sacrifices at Beny-sur-mer still inspire

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,…

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Boomers pay their respects at Beny-sur-Mer 70 years later

In September my husband and I spent two weeks in France and Belgium feeding our appetites for history, French wine and travel with the emphasis on history. Until this year I had been unable to source a tour that offered visits specifically to Canadian memorial sites related to World War I and World War II. The river cruises didn't meet our criteria. After I mentioned my requirement to Lola Stoker of Cruise Holidays.com (lstoker@cruiseholidays.com)  she called me several weeks later to inform me of the perfect tour. It began with…

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