On this day in 1944, about six months prior to being commissioned a five star American General, Dwight David Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander, sent about 150,000 soldiers to storm five beaches in what became the beginning of the end of Adolph Hitler’s Nazi stranglehold of Europe.
Among them were 359 Canadians who died on the first day of the battle at Juno Beach, and by the time the Normandy Invasion was over, 5,000 Canadians had fallen and another 13,000 were listed as wounded or missing.
Add up the totals for both sides and you get over 550,000 killed, wounded, or missing, about 320,000 of them Germans.
The supper kicks of at 5:00 p.m. in the legion’s lounge with a regular meat draw, 50/50 and a prime rib draw, followed by Karaoke, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets, which are limited, are being sold at $10 and can be bought from the legion or by calling 250 785 3917, after 3:00 p.m. Minors are welcome to join but are asked to specifically enter through the hall doors.
Veterans are treated to a complimentary supper.