Wounded Warriors mark 75th anniversary of D-Day

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LCol James Kettles, Commanding Officer of 410 Squadron, will be participating in a seven day Battlefield Bike Ride that will commence in Dieppe, France and follow the route taken by thousands of Canadian troops and culminate at Juno Beach on June 6, 2019. Photo: Rhea Kettles

LCol James Kettles

This year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Operation Overlord, known as the Allied invasion of occupied France.

On June 6, 1944, 5,000 naval vessels, 1,200 aircraft and nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel to land in Normandy, France. This marked the beginning of the end of the Nazi reign of terror over Europe and the World.

Upon the completion of the operation August 21, 1944 over 225,000 casualties, 4,100 aircraft and over 4,000 tanks were endured by the Allied forces. Of those, over 18,000 casualties were Canadian with 5,021 killed in action. The resulting beachhead was the landing point for more than 2 million people to continue the push into Europe.

Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC) will mark this anniversary with a seven day Battlefield Bike Ride (BBR). This is the 6th ride marking the successes and tragedies of Canadian military forces since the start of the 20th century. The ride will commence in Dieppe, France and follow the route taken by thousands of Canadian troops and culminate at Juno Beach on June 6, 2019.

This year, Lieutenant-Colonel (Lt.-Col.) James “Buca” Kettles of 410 Tactical Fighter (Operational Training) Squadron will embark on his fourth BBR, to not only enhance his personal understanding of the history and impact to Canadian Armed Forces but also to raise funds for WWC.

WWC provides programs and funding for service members, veterans, first responders, police forces, coast guard and their families who are affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Since 2014 the BBR has raised $2.5 million, the majority of which goes directly to providing programs. Their moto: “Honour the fallen, help the living”.

Lt.-Col. Kettles’ goal for this year is $4,000 and at publication is still a ways from achieving it.

Every donation helps fund much needed programs such as service dogs, wellness sessions for first responders, couples and family therapy and equine therapy, to name a few.

Donations over $20 are eligible for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) tax receipts, and every bit helps our heroes and their families!

Please help LCol Kettles reach his goal by going to this link:

For more information on the great programs the WWC provides visit their website at: www.woundedwarriors.ca

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Photo: LCol James Kettles


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Members participating in Battlefield Bike Ride 18 through Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.
Photo: LCol James Kettles