On the eve of the Dieppe Raid 80th anniversary commemorations very last thirty day period in Windsor, 2nd Entire world War veteran Charles Davis was asked whether he planned to go on attending overseas anniversary gatherings.
“If I’m alive, I hope to,” he instructed the Windsor Star with a chuckle. Davis, a particular guest of Ottawa’s at the Aug. 19 countrywide ceremony, was just weeks shy of his 100th birthday.
One of Canada’s modest number of surviving combat veterans of the June 1944 Normandy invasion of Nazi occupied Europe — a vital Next Environment War milestone in bringing down Hitler’s 3rd Reich — Davis experienced attended D-Working day ceremonies in France on the 45th, 50th, 70th and 75th anniversaries.
At the 75th at Juno Beach front in Normandy in 2019 he remembers folks coming up to him “with items of paper” they needed him to indication. “One woman, liberated by us, she grabbed both equally my palms and kissed me on the cheeks. Then she sang O Canada in French — it was pretty relocating.”