100 Manitobans head to France for D-Day 70th anniversary

Almost 100 Manitobans, including five veterans of Juno Beach, are heading to France this week to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Delegation lead by premier includes veterans, business and academic leaders

Troops and landing craft occupy a Normandy beach shortly after the D-Day landing. The bombardment of the beaches began at 6 a.m. on June 6, 1944, and within hours soldiers from Canada had established the beachhead at Juno Beach and the German defences were shattered. (The Canadian Press)

Almost 100 Manitobans, including five veterans of Juno Beach, are heading to France this week to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger is leading the delegation.

Selinger said it's as important as ever to remember the sacrifices of those who lost their lives.

Dignitaries at the ceremonies will include Prime Minister Stephen Harper, U.S. President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth.

The premier said the province has organized private sponsorships to pay for the Manitoba veterans' travel and events hosted by Manitoba.

A number of Manitoba business leaders are going too, as well as people in the academic and arts communities, to promote commercial and cultural ties between Manitoba and France.