After we spent Sunday afternoon and Monday morning walking around and exploring Juno Beach and the Juno Beach Center we are now headed to the Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery located approximately 5.5 km from Juno Beach. The Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery is a cemetery containing mostly Canadian soldiers killed during the early stages of the Battle of Normandy during WW2; the graves contain soldiers from the 3rd Canadian Division and 15 Airmen. Beside the Canadians buried here the cemetery also includes 3 British graves and 1 french grave for a total of 2048 graves. This was our first cemetery we visited and after visiting dozen more it is common knowledge that all these cemeteries under the commonwealth war graves commission are beautifully landscaped and immaculately kept. Contained within the cemetery is a Cross of Sacrifice which can be found in Commonwealth War Cemeteries containing 40 or more graves.
While we were visiting the Beny-Sur-Mer Cemetery there was a small ceremony and wreath laying. Once this was completed we were put in groups of 3 or 4 soldiers and given a piece of paper with 16 Artillery plots, where we as a group were to search for and place an Artillery Flag at the base of each of these graves. This was a great exercise for us, to not only say “Thank You” in our own way but to connect in some way to the fallen that are buried here. We found out that one grave we paid our respects to was Gunner E.F. Belward who died 15 July 1944 and was originally from Delhi Ontario. (Now just a side note I have not verified this information)