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.
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