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Prince Edward Island Provincial Heritage Fair
Wilfred Whitehead and the North Novas on D-Day
My project is about my great great uncle and his regiment on D-Day. The North Nova Scotia Highlanders landed on Juno Beach with many other soldiers on June 6, 1944.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
While I was doing my research, we discovered what landing craft my great uncle would have travelled on to Juno Beach. It was also interesting to learn more about just how many soldiers and vehicles took part in the invasion. There where thousands of soldiers and hundreds of vehicles and ships that were part of D-Day.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
I would like other Canadians to know what many young men like my uncle went through when they served overseas during war. I would also like people to know more about D-Day. D-Day was one of the biggest invasions of military warfare in the Second World War.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
My life today is free and safe. As a soldier during the war life would have been very scary and uncertain. Children my age that would have been home in Canada would have often been afraid because they might have lost members of their family. I am lucky that none of my family members died fighting for our country.