One of the most famous events of the Second World War took place on June 6, 1944, when some 14,000 Canadian soldiers came ashore at Juno Beach on D-Day as part of Operation Overlord. This June will mark the 75th anniversary of the massive Allied landings in Normandy, France, that signaled the beginning of the liberation of Western Europe.
Veterans Affairs Canada is pleased to offer a variety of free, bilingual print and online resources to help young people learn more about D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
Explore our lesson plans, posters, postcards, bookmarks, historical information, Veteran interviews and other educational materials today!
Events will be held across Canada and overseas to mark this important milestone this spring. Check out our Events page for a ceremony near you and show how you remember!
On the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, Defining Moments Canada is honoured to offer educators around the country a series of FREE educational resources to help their students think critically about commemoration and the legacy of this defining Canadian moment. With the goal of having students create their own digital commemoration, our Veteran interviews, inquiry-based lesson plans, storytelling resources, and vast array of supplementary material will have your students delving deeper than ever into D-Day and its implications for the people – and country – that lived it.
More than one million Canadians served in uniform during the Second World War. The Juno Beach Centre is a Canadian museum located in Normandy, France, on the D-Day beach where Canadians landed on June 6, 1944. The Centre was built to educate new generations of Canadians about this heritage. For the 75th anniversary of the landings, the JBC is pleased to present a number of initiatives and tools that will enhance your teaching of this topic. See what we have to offer at the following links:
Thank you for helping keep the torch of remembrance burning brightly in our youth!
The Veterans Affairs Canada Learning Team