Juno Beach Centre Association to mail hundreds of postcards to commemorate 75th anniversary of D-Day
Hundreds of Canadians are about to learn a thing or two about some home-grown history.
The Juno Beach Centre Association is set to mail out hundreds of postcards to the addresses that soldiers killed in the D-Day campaign listed on the papers they signed when they joined the armed forces.
The project is concentrating on the 903 Canadian soldiers killed in the first five days of the D-Day push, which saw 14-thousand Canadians storm a stretch of France's north coast dubbed Juno Beach in June 1944.
The association says more than half the addresses for those soldiers are no longer valid, but it is mailing postcards to just shy of 400 homes and businesses across Canada.
The postcards will contain information about the soldier who enlisted from that address.
Details will include the soldier's basic biographical and family info as well as his military rank and the date on which he died.
The association says it hopes the campaign will help commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a key battle that helped secure victory for allied troops fighting Germany in the Second World War.
They also say they hope it will help Canadians realize that they still have concrete ties to increasingly distant history.
One Toronto resident says she's eagerly checking her mailbox for the postcard headed her way.
Across the city, a manager of a seafood store located where a former soldier's home once stood says he plans to display his postcard in the window when it comes.