'It was every man for himself,' says D-Day veteran
Summerside legion to commemorate D-Day at the city's cenotaph Saturday
The Royal Canadian Legion in Summerside will commemorate D-Day at the city's cenotaph on Saturday.
James Winn, 89, remembers D-Day vividly.
"It was every man for himself and you moved just as fast as you possibly could,” he said.
Winn and 15,000 other Canadians stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944.
As Canadians mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Winn's memories grow more precious.
Winn's story and others have been documented by the Summerside legion.
Barely one month after D-Day, Winn was wounded in a field near Carpiquet Airport in France.
He said the last thing he remembers was the pack flying off his back when his shoulder was hit by a piece of shrapnel from an air burst overhead.
“That's the last thing I remember till I woke up in Colchester, England in the hospital,” he said.
Winn said he is too frail to attend Saturday's event.
In case of rain, ceremonies marking D-Day and the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War will be held in Trinity United Church.