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D-Day #77 Socially Distanced Edition (again)

In this newsletter:

  • Why two Canadian D-Day veterans have been awarded special Juno Beach flags (and how you can get one, too)

  • Fixed! 3 Canadian Jewish WWII gravestones in Normandy with crosses will be replaced with Stars of David

Norman Cash, 101, of Toronto, receives a special flag from Juno Beach Centre in Normandy.
(Courtesy Cheryl Cash Iacovetta)

D-Day 77: June 6, 1944 - June 6, 2021

For the second year in a row, the official ceremony to mark the Allied landings in France was held at the Canadian war museum near Juno Beach in Normandy on Sunday morning, following strict COVID public health rules. The Canadian Ambassador to France joined local dignitaries outside the Juno Beach Centre. You can see photos from the event here.

Here in Canada, the Museum organizers helped make the commemoration special for several Canadian D-Day veterans who are riding out the pandemic at home. Two Jewish veterans, Norman Cash (pictured above), 101, and Alex Polowin, 97, (pictured below) received authentic Canadian flags that have been flown at Juno Beach. Read more here about why they were honoured, and how you can get a flag.

Alex Polowin, 97, with his Juno Beach authentic flag, Ottawa. (Judy El-Hakim photo)
Read the story here

Why Britain has ordered new gravestones for three Jewish Canadians killed in Normandy.

If you've been a follower of this newsletter, you may recall how Toronto airman Morley Ornstein received a proper gravestone after we discovered his bore a Christian cross rather than a Star of David. For D-Day today, I am pleased to share the news of three more corrections now ordered for a trio of Canadian Jewish war casualties.
Trooper Archie Adelman, 24, of Montreal, with 1st Hussars, Flying Officer Mortimer "Max" Sucharov, 29, of Winnipeg, and Lt. Jules Freedman, 24, of Toronto. 
They all are buried at the Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery near Caen, France. 
Read their story here

Hear Ellin speak:

The CJN Daily podcast: bite-sized (10 minute) episodes Mon.- Fri. on news, history, politics, business, books of interest to Canadians, with a Jewish angle.
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Here's a sample.

Thursday June 10, 2021: 7:30 p.m. Ellin speaks to the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, Toronto Branch about the RCAF/RAFs Secret Weapon: Canadian Jewish Airmen in WWII. Free, but you have to register in advance.  

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