Northern Ontario war vets in Normandy for D-Day ceremonies

It's been 70 years since 130,000 U.S., British and Canadian troops stormed an 80-kilometre stretch of beaches along the French channel coast to attack hundreds of Nazi troops in concrete fortified gun positions.
Edgar Bedard, far right is pictured with Neil Bell, Ted Paisley and Arthur Boon. The Normandy Campaign Vets were gathered in Normandy, France. (Supplied)

On June 6, 1944, some 130,000 U.S., British and Canadian troops stormed an 80-kilometre stretch of beaches along the French channel coast to attack hundreds of Nazi troops in concrete fortified gun positions.

Edgar Bedard from Sault Ste. Marie was among them as a member of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa. Today he is with a group of veterans from the northeast who are back in Normandy for the 70th anniversary ceremonies. 

Edgar Bedard spoke with CBC Sudbury Morning North radio show host Markus Schwabe:

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Canadian soldiers land on a Normandy beach during the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. (Department of National Defence/Canadian Press)
Personnel of the 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade land at Bernieres-sur-Mer, France, on D-Day, June 6, 1944. (National Archives of Canada-Gilbert Alexander Milne PA137012/Canadian Press)

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