Nicole and Hervé Hoffer received the Meritorious service decorations

It is with great pleasure that the Canadian Battlefield Foundation (CBF) learned in late October 2022 that our current CBF vice-president (France section), Nicole Hoffer and her late husband Hervé Hoffer, the former CBF vice president of (France section), were both awarded the Meritorious service decorations. They received these decorations for their remembrance work related to the D-Day landing and for their contribution to perpetuate the Canadian legacy on the Normandy beaches.

Ambassador Dion, on behalf of the Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, presented the medals in front of dignitaries, local representatives, members from the Juno Beach Centre and the Juno Committees, family and friends. Stéphane Dion commended these two exceptional individuals with the following words: Our country, Canada, gives thanks to Nicole Hoffer and her late husband Hervé Hoffer, for their unwavering commitment and their dedication to the history and sacrifice of the Canadian soldiers who participated in the 6 June 1944 landing. With this gesture, Canada recognizes the exceptional work, commitment and devotion of these French citizens toward remembrance work and for Canada.

Our most sincere congratulations to the extraordinary couple of Nicole and Hervé Hoffer who since 1984 welcomed with open arms Canadians and visitors from around the world who have a desire to better understand the tragedy and delight of the liberation of June 1944 nearly 79 years ago.

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