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“Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery”

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Reviewed 15 May 2016

On 1May, at the start of our 5-day stay in Normandy, to visit many of the D-Day sites, we stopped at Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery in Cintheaux.

We visited Eric K. Pearcey who is buried there. He was the uncle of a dear friend in Montreal … the niece he never knew.

As with the other Commonwealth Cemeteries we visited: Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Ryes War Cemetery and Bayeux War Cemetery as well as LaCambe German War Cemetery and Normandy American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer – the grounds were immaculately and respectfully maintained. We were the only ones there on a lovely Spring day; it was so serene and, except for the birds chirping, there was only silence. It is difficult to imagine how different this beautiful region would have been during the carnage of the Normandy campaign in the Summer of 1944.

Lest We Forget.

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed 15 October 2015

So many Allied nations took part in D-Day & the battles in Normandy that some seem to get overlooked for their contributions until history is studied and reflected upon. Such is this cemetery, well known to Canadians, but perhaps lesser so to other Allies. It is a respectful final resting place for those who gave their all, and is definite worth visiting and honoring. ...

Date of experience: November 2014
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Reviewed 1 October 2015 via mobile

This cemetery is on the way to the coast for me, so that I will often take visitors there, either after visiting the Caen memorial museum or the Normandy beaches. It adds to the poignancy of those visits and brings home the awful waste of life's inflicted by wars.

Date of experience: September 2015
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Reviewed 25 September 2015

A very moving experience, especially when coupled with a visit to Courseulles-sur-Mer, the location of Juno Beach, where the Canadians landed on D-Day. It is terribly sad to see row upon row of headstones, some of which mark the graves of boys as young as 17, but the cemetery is beautifully and respectfully maintained. A peaceful spot to contemplate the horrible cost of war.

Date of experience: September 2015
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Reviewed 1 March 2015

The man who, if he had lived, would have been my uncle lies here. Reginald George Long - lived in Stapleford, England before the family emigrated to Canada in 1926. He joined the Canadian Army and returned to England in 1944 to be part of the invasion force around D Day...... killed in the battle for Verrieres Ridge on the 25th July 1944 - one of the worst days for the Canadian Army.
We have visited several times over the last dozen or so years - the site is maintained to a high standard with respect to the soldiers and airmen - thanks due to those who work there.
New headstones have been installed recently to replace the originals.
Reg was only 22 - I am so moved when visiting - he, and so many others gave their lives for us all - RIP Reg.

Date of experience: May 2014
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