In this video, D-Day veteran Hugh Buckley, born in Sooke in 1924, recounts his experience on Juno Beach and in the Battle of Normandy. He crewed a Stuart light tank, part of a reconnaissance troop with The Sherbrooke Fusiliers. They made perhaps the deepest penetration into France on D+1, 7 June 1944.
In correspondence with SPN, his son Peter Buckley writes, “He now lives in Vancouver and he occasionally (about every five years) drives to Sooke to reminisce. He gave an interview last year for the Juno Beach Association in preparation for D-Day +75, with the purpose of raising awareness of Canada’s contribution to the War effort.”
The video was prepared by the Juno Beach Centre, who are working hard to keep D-Day history front and centre. Remembering historical events means not repeating them.
“The Juno Beach Centre is Canada’s only museum on the D-Day landing beaches. We are a privately run museum, funded by donations. We need your help! Support the Juno Beach Centre today, and help us continue to tell Canada’s Second World War stories.”
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