Meadow Park Chatham

(519) 351-1330 - 110 Sandys Street Chatham, Ontario

D-Day: 70 Years Remembered

A tribute to the fallen was held at Meadow Park in Chatham for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and those Canadians who stormed Juno beach on June 6, 1944. It was an opportunity for residents and families to come together, share stories and pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

Everyone was grateful for the chance to share the personal stories ignited by this historic date. Resident Helen Goddard shared a memory of her husband's brother who was in Normandy and died in the line of duty "Thank you for doing this today - it is a very special day to remember. It brings tears to my eyes".

The group viewed 2 videos of candid stories shared by two gentlemen recounting their experiences leading up to the end of the war. A floral tribute - 7 red and white carnations, representing 70 years, were laid beside a memorial wreath. Seven residents helped with the tribute including Shirley M. who had in her possession several magazines and newspaper that her mother had saved highlighting the news of D-Day. Those present were able to look at the papers and visit with one another while enjoying Tim Horton's coffee and donuts. We are reminded by the stickers worn that day:

"The Living Owe it to Those Who No Longer Can Speak to Tell Their Story For Them"


Below are the links to the videos watched by the residents:

The story of Normandy veteran and life-long Portsmouth resident John Jenkins, who served in the Pioneer Corps.

The story of D-Day veteran and life-long Portsmouth resident Eddie Wallace, who served in the Honourable Artillery Company.

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