VIDEO: Windsor Veteran Returns to Juno Beach for D-Day
One of the last surviving veterans of the Battle of Normandy is back in France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
Charles Davis has returned to the site with his grandson, who is now a Sub-lieutenant in the Navy and logistics officer out of the HMCS Hunter in Windsor.
14,000 Canadians landed on the Normandy Coast of France on June 6, 1944 as part of the Allied invasion to free the country from the occupation of Nazi-Germany.
Speaking to CTV Windsor, Davis says he remembers the day — 75-years-a go — vividly and adds "I just wanted to get the job done."
"I drove off in a Mack truck with 10 ton of 155 mm ammunition on board," he says.
Davis, now 96-years-old, says his mission was to take the ammunition to the infantry.
"I was more concentrated on getting the hell out of the water and getting on the beach and getting inland."
For his efforts, Davis received the National Order of the Legion of Honour in 2016. The highest French order of merit for military and civil merits.
His daughter, Terri Davis-Fitzpatrick says her father's efforts aren't lost on her and the rest of her family.
"Very special to me because he's always ensiled the war efforts that he part took in," she says.
By the end of the day, 359 Canadians had been killed, 715 either wounded or captured during the D-Day invasion.
Leaders of 16 countries are pledging to re-commit to their shared values of democracy, tolerance and the rule of law, in honour of the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
Among the countries represented in events on Wednesday were participants from both sides of the Second World War, including Canada, the U.S., France, Germany, and the U-K.
The joint declaration was announced after an elaborate ceremony in Portsmouth, England — metres from where thousands of Canadian, American and British soldiers boarded a fleet of ships exactly 75 years earlier on the eve of D-Day.