75th anniversary of historic D-Day landing takes place this week

Veterans and school children will join a Canadian delegation in France this week to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

On June 6th, 1944, then Prime Minister William Lyon MacKenzie described to Canadians an invasion of the Normandy coast, and expressed hope the battles that began that day would lead to an end of the Second World War.

Canadian and Allied soldiers stormed the beaches in a deadly onslaught that is widely considered a turning point in the war.

The allies smashed through Hitler's supposedly impregnable Atlantic Wall and began the westward march to Berlin to meet the Soviets coming from the east, but victory came at a terrible price.

Canada lost 359 soldiers, in all, one-thousand-and-74 were killed, wounded or went missing as they landed on Juno Beach.

Manitoba-born Albert Roy was part of the Normandy campaign, and is back in France to remember.

Roy, who lost most of his comrades in a friendly fire incident, told The Canadian Press before he departed that immediately after the war he didn't want to talk about what happened.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Governor General Julie Payette will join the Canadian delegation on Thursday.