Bretteville-sur-Laize

Gathering outside Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, France
#1395. AgfaPhoto APX 400, Canon Rebel 2000.
These photographs are from the Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery at Cintheaux in Normandy, France. In 2015 I attended a memorial ceremony here in honour of the Canadians who fought and died during the Battle of Normandy. The first two photos show the many attendees including a few visiting dignitaries. If you look in the background of the second photo, you will see a group of elderly gentlemen all carrying flags that bear the names of the towns that Canada liberated in World War II. The ceremony was conducted almost entirely in French and so I didn’t understand very much of what was said, but tears streamed down my cheeks when I understood that they were announcing the names of each town and the date that it was libertated by Canadians. I was overcome with emotion at the outpouring of gratitude from the French. Few of the veterans who fought in that war are still alive today, but the French haven’t forgotten the men and women who liberated their country. It was a very moving and humbling experience.


Gathering outside Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, France
#1396. AgfaPhoto APX 400, Canon Rebel 2000.

Cross of Sacrifice, Bretteville-sur-Laize, France
#1397. Cross of Sacrifice. AgfaPhoto APX 400, Canon Rebel 2000.

Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, France
#1398. AgfaPhoto APX 400, Canon Rebel 2000.

Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, France
#1399. AgfaPhoto APX 400, Canon Rebel 2000.

Stone of Remembrance, Bretteville-sur-Laize, France
#1400. Stone of Remembrance. AgfaPhoto APX 400, Canon Rebel 2000.

Grave of Private R. R. Smith, Lincoln & Welland Regt., Bretteville-sur-Laize, France
#1401. AgfaPhoto APX 400, Canon Rebel 2000.

Grave of Rifleman M. H. Young, Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, Bretteville-sur-Laize, France
#1402. AgfaPhoto APX 400, Canon Rebel 2000.

Grave of Trooper G. Hartman, 17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars, Bretteville-sur-Laize, France
#1403. AgfaPhoto APX 400, Canon Rebel 2000.

Grave of Lt. L. D. Stevens, British Columbia Regiment (RCAC), Bretteville-sur-Laize, France
#1404. AgfaPhoto APX 400, Canon Rebel 2000.

Grave of Private A. Sheriff, The Black Watch, Bretteville-sur-Laize, France
#1405. AgfaPhoto APX 400, Canon Rebel 2000.

Grave of Private T. Antony, The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, Bretteville-sur-Laize, France
#1406. AgfaPhoto APX 400, Canon Rebel 2000.

Grave of Flight Lieutenant J. A. MacKelvie, Pilot, RCAF, Bretteville-sur-Laize, France
#1407. AgfaPhoto APX 400, Canon Rebel 2000.

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