D-Day fallen solider to receive special anniversary tribute marker

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TRURO A soldier from Debert who died during the D-Day offensive in 1944 in Normandy, France will be remembered with a special tribute marker sponsored by the Municipality of Colchester.

Cpl. Michael John Makichuk of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles is one of 359 Canadians who were killed during the June 6, 1944, battle on the beaches of Normandy. Makichuk is buried at the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery in Normandy.

In recognition of this year being the 70th anniversary of that battle, the Juno Beach Centre is planning to place markers on the beach, with information about each fallen soldier, to commemorate their ultimate sacrifice.

The markers will be made of maple and will measure about two inches by four inches and stand three feet tall, with a plaque installed on top to indicate the soldier’s name, hometown, regiment and sponsoring organization/community.

According to information provided by the Juno Beach Centre, Makichuk is the only soldier from Colchester County who died that day on the beach. Council agreed during its Tuesday night session to provide the required $500 sponsor fee.

Organizations: Juno Beach Centre

Geographic location: Normandy, Bény-sur-Mer, Colchester County

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