A ceremony was held in Chilliwack on June 6, 2021, at the Sapper Cenotaph in Garrison, to commemorate D-Day. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

A ceremony was held in Chilliwack on June 6, 2021, at the Sapper Cenotaph in Garrison, to commemorate D-Day. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack marks 77th anniversary of D-Day

Several Chilliwack residents fought on beaches of Normandy as Second World War came to an end

It has now been 77 years since D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

On June 6, 1944, more than 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches. Thousands of soldiers gave their lives to establish a foothold in Europe, liberating Europe and eventually ending the Second World War.

And even though the war was over, there was still a long road ahead to have soldiers repatriated and home again.

On Sunday morning, a small and physically distanced commemoration of the day was held at the Sappers Cenotaph in Sardis. Several local veterans were in attendance, and wreaths were laid on the cenotaph.

Over the years, The Progress has interviewed and written about local veterans, and shared their stories with our readers.

Here are just a few of those stories:

Veteran Warner Hockin: A Chilliwack veteran recalls war stories before returning to Normandy

Veteran Len Fitzgerald: Chilliwack veteran marks 70 years since D-Day landing

Veteran John Robotham: Chilliwack to remember D-Day veterans on 76th anniversary of Normandy landing

Veteran Gordon Norrish: Family and friends honour 100-year-old Chilliwack veteran with drive-by parade


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