(Photo credit: Councillor Glen Gower with Amanda Purdy and her family in front of the newly-renamed Juno Beach Memorial Bridge. All photos via City of Ottawa.)
On Friday, November 8, I attended a ceremony to rename the Airport Parkway pedestrian bridge the “Juno Beach Memorial Bridge”.
There’s a special Stittsville connection to this story. The idea for renaming the bridge came from Amanda Purdy, a resident in our community. She’s involved with the Juno Beach Centre, an organization that educates students and adults to keep the memory of events like D-Day and the Juno Beach invasion alive, and about the role Canada plays in preserving the freedoms we are privileged to enjoy today.
This year is the 75th anniversary of the Juno Beach invasion during WWII. Earlier this year, Amanda asked me if there was some way the City could recognize this important event. I brought the idea forward to my council colleagues including Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Riley Brockington in River Road where the bridge is located.
On Friday morning we assembled for a ceremony to officially rename the bridge, joined by members of the Canadian Forces and the Legion. Right after the ceremony, Amanda travelled to Normandy to take part in Remembrance Day ceremonies there.
Amanda, thank you for your continued work to ensure that Canada’s sacrifices at Juno Beach will continue to live on for future generations.