About a 10 min drive from Juno beach is Canada’s cemetery. It’s sitting in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by farmers fields. You know it’s Canada’s cemetery because as you drive up you are surrounded by giant maple trees. That is a tradition I love about Canada–we plant Canadian trees at all our memorials. There were maple and spruces at Caen and big maple trees here. After living in the Dutch low lands for half a year at that time, it made me homesick to see these familiar trees. All the more homesick to see the maple leaf on the headstones and to be surrounded by something that felt very Canadian.
I was struck by all of the scripture and Christian messages on the tombstones. Amanda and I were in tears reading the dates, calculating the ages and reading the personal messages from parents.