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Legion applauds Juno Beach decision

Federal government to help buy land to preserve sacred grounds in France


OTTAWA, Oct. 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Royal Canadian Legion is pleased to learn that plans to build a new housing developmen­t on the hallowed grounds of the D-Day landings of 1944, have come to halt. The Federal Government announced today that along with the local French municipali­ty, it will help buy the land from the developer to ensure this historic territory remains undevelope­d.

In response, Dominion President Bruce Julian has issued the following remarks.

“I cannot express how grateful we are to learn that our country will help preserve these sacred grounds. Our soldiers fought and died there during the Second World War, and this is a place to quietly remember their sacrifices. We thank the Government of Canada and the municipali­ty of Courseulle­s-sur-Mer for recognizin­g the sanctity of this territory and taking concrete action to preserve it. May we always Remember our Fallen soldiers.”

A French developer had planned to build a 70-unit housing complex on the site. Concerned citizens in both Canada and France had hoped to see this situation resolved before constructi­on started.

About The Royal Canadian Legion

Founded in 1925, the Legion is Canada’s largest Veteran support and community service organizati­on. We are a non-profit organizati­on with a national reach across Canada as well as branches in the U.S. and Europe. With 250,000 members, many of whom volunteer an extraordin­ary amount of time to their branches, our strength is in our numbers.

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