The symbolic story of one Canadian on D-Day
D-Day, is billed as the greatest seaborne invasion in modern history. Yesterday Historica Canada has released another in their series of one-minute heritage films in time for this historic 75th anniversary of the landing on Normandy’s beaches. Operation Overlord involved some 150,000 troops, along with vast numbers of ships and planes was the prelude to the liberation of Europe from Nazi control.
Some 14,000 Canadians played a major role taking an several kilometre stretch designated as Juno beach.
The non-profit Historica Canada is dedicated to enhancing Canadians knowledge about important events and people in Canadian history.
This newest “minute” tells the story of the Canadians on D-Day but through the example and character of one particular soldier, Major Archie MacNaughton of New Brunswick.
Maj. MacNaughton, a WWI veteran didn’t have to go to war. Signing up at age 43, a farmer with a family, his story was chosen as an example of the hundreds of thousands of quietly courageous Canadians who came from farms, villages and cities and went to war, many of whom never returned.
The idea of the “Heritage Minutes” is not an attept to tell a complete story but to pique interest in Canadians to learn more about the events or people involved. The idea was championed by philanthropist Charles Bronfman who said, “No society can be of merit unless it has heroines, heroes and myths. In Canada, while there were many, they had not been taught”.
Historica Canada- Heritage Minute for D-Day-75
- CBC: H Forrestal: May 30/19: D-Day soldier symbolic of all
- Global News: A Al-Hakim: May 30/19: Emotional Heritage Minute tribute to N.B Major killed on D-Day
- CTV: J Dunham: May 30/19: Video highlights Canadians who fought on D-Day (+video)
- Maclean’s Magazine: A Wilson-Smith: May 21/19: Making of the D-Day Heritage Minute
- YouTube: D-Day film footage montage (3:18)