78th Anniversary D-Day

While Canadian students were not present at the ceremonies this year, members of the The Canadian Battlefields Foundation from both Canada and France, joined in the commemorative ceremonies for the 78th anniversary of D-Day, on June 6th 2022.

Photos from the ceremonies at the L’Abbaye d’Ardenne, Place de l’Ancienne boucherie and Jardin Canadien du Mémorial shown below.

L’Abbaye d’Ardenne

Place de l’Ancienne boucherie

Jardin Canadien du Mémorial

77th Anniversary D-Day

With ongoing restrictions on travel and limitations for gatherings, a modest D-Day celebration was held at La Maison des Canadiens (Canada House) on June 6th.

Nicole Hoffer, Vice President, France: lays a wreath at the Bretteville l’Orgueilleuse ceremony on June 7th.

Maple Leaf Route Webinar Series

In partnership with the Canadian Battlefields Foundation, the Juno Beach Centre Association and the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society, the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies is pleased to announce the Maple Leaf Route Webinar Series. Every two weeks from May to September, we will be following Canadian and British Commonwealth soldiers as they landed on D-Day in June 1944 and fought their way inland at the Battle of Normandy.

This nine-part series has three goals:

  1. To provide an alternative platform to raise awareness and foster interest in Canada’s military history in Europe
  2. To explore new directions in the study of Canada and the Second World War through discussions by established and emerging scholars.
  3. To highlight the many educational and commemorative activities of La Fondation, Juno Beach Centre Association and Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society in Canada and France.

Each of our remaining talks will be introduced by a CBF tour alumnus.
Full details can be found at https://canadianmilitaryhistory.ca/webinar/

CBF 2020 Battlefield tour poster and application is available

Now in its 26th year, the Canadian Battlefields Foundation Study Tour is intended for Canadian university students who want to learn more about the role Canadians played in the liberation of Europe in the World Wars. This year’s tour, led by Professor Geoff Hayes (University of Waterloo), Professor Graham Broad (Kings College), and Professor Scott Sheffield (University of the Fraser Valley) will visit Ypres, the Somme, Vimy Ridge, and the Netherlands and will mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe and the Liberation of the Netherlands.