The Royal Canadian Legion: Juno Beach housing development must halt

Legion opposes plan to disturb sacred grounds in France

OTTAWA, March 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Royal Canadian Legion is aghast over plans to build a new housing development on the hallowed grounds of the D-Day landings of 1944. In a heartfelt appeal, Dominion President Bruce Julian issued the following sentiments.

“The grounds at Juno Beach in France are sacred and revered. They are where Canadian and allied soldiers fought and died during the Second World War, and people from near and far visit this tranquil setting to pay respects. Disturbing the surroundings permanently with a housing complex would negatively affect the area in irreversible ways. This was the site of a pivotal world conflict – which led to our freedoms today. We implore those involved in this project to consider the physical and emotional damage it would create and choose an appropriate alternate location.”

A French developer is currently working on plans to build a 70-unit housing complex. Concerned citizens in both Canada and France are also hoping to reverse this decision.

About The Royal Canadian Legion
Founded in 1925, the Legion is Canada’s largest Veteran support and community service organization. We are a non-profit organization with a national reach across Canada as well as branches in the U.S. and Europe. With 250,000 members, many of whom volunteer an extraordinary amount of time to their branches, our strength is in our numbers.

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Aerial view of the Juno Beach Centre from 2014 Juno Beach