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Are You Up To This Mission?

They’ve added an element of fun to this virtual run for a good cause.


Are You Up To This Mission?
Add some excitement to your Remembrance Day Race Event by completing this Scavenger Hunt Contest!
We are so excited to introduce “Operation Scavenger Hunt”, a new contest in conjunction with the 2020 Remembrance Day Races!
Just register for any one of the three Remembrance Day Races, then complete the tasks from the Scavenger Hunt Checklist and send us your photos…Winners will receive FREE Race Event Entries!
Not only will you receive one of the best-ever medals and race kits, but $10 from every entry goes directly to the Juno Beach Centre honoring those brave Canadians who served!
Visit vrpro.ca or VR PRO Races Facebook page for more information about the ‘Operation Scavenger Hunt’. Scroll down for complete Remembrance Day Race event details.
DO SOMETHING REALLY SPECIAL THIS REMEMBRANCE DAY!
Even though all public Remembrance Dar events are canceled,
you can still commemorate the day in a very special way!
Remembrance Day Races are three Virtual Running & Walking Events to Benefit the Juno Beach Centre, Canada’s Second World War Museum and Cultural Centre located in Normandy, France. Choose one of three Historically Significant Distances:
StrongPoint 1500m, Juno Beach 8K, or Remembrance 21.1K
There truly is an event distance for everyone!
Each amazing virtual race kit includes an incredible, over-sized, commemorative medal, as well as a beautifully imprinted neck gaitor or mask, a Remembrance Day poppy, a Juno Beach D-Day souvenir map, a keepsake race bib, and more!
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Thanksgiving…A Time To Be Thankful For Family.

Another note from the Juno Beach Center virtual run.


We Are Thankful For Families!
This Thanksgiving, we want to thank all of you who shared your family Remembrance Day stories. (We have a new story below to share you.) We are forever thankful to those brave Canadians who sacrificed so much for all of us!
Choose one of three Historically Significant Distances and then run or walk to honour a family member who served, or in memory of the Canadians and the sacrifices they made in Normandy – just like Bonnie did in memory of her father, Frank Decareau…
Remembrance Day Race Story Honouring Frank Decareau
Bonnie recently did the 2020 Remembrance Day Virtual Race Walk in memory of her father, Frank Decareau. Her grandson Leland Bowman joined Bonnie for the walk.
The video (below) was taken at the Holy Well Cemetery, Mount Saint Patrick, Ontario following Bonnie and Lelang’s walk. We are so thankful to Bonnie for sharing her family’s story with us!
Remembrance Day Races are three Virtual Running & Walking Events to Benefit the Juno Beach Centre, Canada’s Second World War Museum and Cultural Centre located in Normandy, France. $10 from every registration goes directly to the Juno Beach Centre.
Each virtual race kit includes the incredible, over-sized, commemorative medal (shown above), as well as a beautifully imprinted neck gaitor or mask, a Remembrance Day poppy, a Juno Beach D-Day souvenir map, a keepsake race bib, and more!
Choose one of three Historically Significant Distances:
StrongPoint 1500m, Juno Beach 8K, or Remembrance 21.1K
and then share with us the story of your run or walk to honour a family member or the memory of those Canadians who served.
Who Will You Remember With Your Run?
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How Can We Say “Thank You”?

More information on this Virtual Run for Remembrance Day in support of the Juno Beach Centre.


How Can We Say “Thank You”?

With Thanksgiving upon us and Remembrance Day only a month away, this is the perfect time to say, “Thank you”.
We want to thank all of you who shared your own personal Remembrance Day stories. (We have a new story to share you with printed below.) And we are forever thankful to those brave Canadians who sacrificed so much for all of us.
Remembrance Day Races are three Virtual Running & Walking Events to Benefit the Juno Beach Centre, Canada’s Second World War Museum and Cultural Centre located in Normandy, France. $10 from every registration goes directly to the Juno Beach Centre.
Choose one of three Historically Significant Distances and then run or walk to honour a family member who served, or in memory of the Canadians and the sacrifices they made in Normandy – just like Jody Hogan is doing in memory of her father, Private Thomas Cane…
Pictured below is Private Thomas Cane in his Cape Breton Highlanders uniform and Thomas Cane at Remembrance Day services in 2018. (Read his story below.)
Register now for one of the Remembrance Day Races Virtual Running or Walking Events to Benefit Juno Beach Centre. 
Click here to visit junobeach.org for more veterans’ stories.
2020 Juno Beach 8K; Honouring Private G. Thomas Cane
I will be running the Juno Beach 8k to honour my father’s memory; Private G. Thomas Cane, Cape Breton Highlanders, Siol Na Fear Fearail (Breed of Manly Men)

Dad was a young boy from Dartmouth Nova Scotia when he enlisted in the Second World War with the Cape Breton Highlanders. His war time service took the fiery red headed boy to England, Italy and finally Holland. He always spoke highly of military service and how proud he was of being part of the Liberation of Holland.

In 1985 he had the opportunity to go back to Holland and visit, once again he donned his Glengarry and his Canadian lapel pin. In his backpack, he carried Canadian Flag lapel pins which he gave out to school children in Nijmegen.

In the weeks leading up to November 11th , he could be found visiting schools talking to students and participating in school Remembrance services. November 11th, he would take the family of 6 children to our local cenotaph for the Remembrance Day ceremony, I remember it didn’t matter what the weather was rain, cold temperature or snow he would proudly adjust his Glengarry, and make sure his medals where straight on his chest and attended the service and remind us that we should honour and be thankful for the ultimate service that many gave for our freedom.

Dad attended his last Remembrance service on November 11th 2018, and passed away on November 18th 2018 at age 93 years.

yours,

Jody Hogan
Proud daughter
Cow Bay, Nova scotia
 
 
Each virtual race kit includes the incredible, over-sized, commemorative medal (shown below), as well as a beautifully imprinted neck gaitor or mask, a Remembrance Day poppy, a Juno Beach D-Day souvenir map, a keepsake race bib, and more!
Choose one of three Historically Significant Distances:
StrongPoint 1500m, Juno Beach 8K, or Remembrance 21.1K
and then share with us the story of your run or walk to honour a family member or the memory of those Canadians who served.
Who Will You Remember With Your Run?
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Do You Have A Story Like This We Can Share?

For those folks that may be participating in this virtual run, I’d encourage you to submit something.


Do You Have A Story Like This We Can Share?

Remembrance Day Races are three Virtual Running & Walking Events to Benefit the Juno Beach Centre, Canada’s Second World War Museum and Cultural Centre located in Normandy, France. $10 from every registration goes directly to the Juno Beach Centre.
Choose one of three Historically Significant Distances and then run or walk to honour a family member who served, or in memory of the Canadians and the sacrifices they made in Normandy -just like Rob McGuire is doing. Here is Rob’s story…
Virtual Remembrance Day Race 2020; Honouring My Dad, George McGuire
As a runner, I’m always looking for some form of inspiration whenever I run a race. The inspiration for the Virtual Remembrance Day run was easy to find: My late dad, George McGuire. 
 
Dad joined the Canadian Army in Toronto in 1942 when he was 19. After basic training and a year in Canada (where he was an instructor in Newmarket, attended courses in Woodstock for right handed driving and motorcycle riding, along with further training in Aldershot, NS), dad was shipped to England in 1943. Interestingly, dad always commented on the 20 mile marches and runs they did, in full kit!! That’s why I don’t complain about being tired when I’m running a race….I’m not wearing 25kg of gear, boots and a wool uniform!! 
 
So how did he end up on Juno Beach? As dad told me in 2016, some fellow broke his leg on a training exercise in England. Dad, who was a clerk and a corporal, was assigned to take his place. On June 10, 1944, dad landed on Juno Beach. The ramp to the landing craft didn’t work so they were ordered over the side into the surf. When dad walked onto the beach, he says he was ushered onto a truck by a sergeant who ‘welcomed’ him into the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada (QORC). 
 
Dad spent the rest of the war with the QORC as a clerk in the headquarters company, being discharged as a sergeant in 1946. While he was in France, he told me that some nights he’d be sleeping in a ditch with his rifle in one arm and his typewriter in the other, listening to the sounds of artillery duels. He said that one of his duties was to take dictation from the company commander whenever a soldier had been wounded or killed. Each letter was written in personal manner and not in a ‘cookie cutter’ style. 
 
One of his most profound moments in France occurred when a jeep ambulance (a jeep converted to carry stretchers) returned to his camp after a skirmish. Two of the men on the stretchers had been killed in the fighting shortly after leaving the camp a few hours before. Dad always commented that he never understood how you could be alive in the morning and dead by lunch. 
 
In early 2016, my sister learned that the Government of France was honouring Canadians who had participated in the liberation of their country. She did the leg work in filling out the forms and proving dad’s contribution to the campaign. On June 30, 2016, dad was awarded France’s Legionne d’honneur (Chevalier Rank) by the French Consul and his Aide de Camp, both based in Toronto. They travelled to dad’s retirement home in Burlington for a very dignified ceremony. (I have included a couple of photos from this.) After the medal had been presented, dad stated to the attendees, “I accept this medal on behalf of those who never made it home.” 
 
My dad was always humble about his contributions to the war effort, frequently stating, “I didn’t do much.” In the speech that I wrote for this investiture and in 2018 for his eulogy, I commented on his assertion that he hadn’t done much. I made sure he and others knew that to put one soldier on the front lines took 10-15 people in the rear to support him. Dad’s contribution with typewriter mattered just as much as anyone else’s. 
 
The year before, I had visited Juno Beach and The Juno Beach Centre, on June 25, 2015. I was able to stand in front of Queen’s Own Rifles House, the iconic building seen in so many photos from D-Day. That house marked the landing point for the regiment on June 6, 1944. That was a very proud moment and moving day for me. I thought of my dad’s service and the sacrifice of so many Canadians who had been 
wounded or killed in the liberation of France. I wondered on that day, if I was standing in the same place where my dad had landed, 71 years prior. 
 
Dad died in 2018 when he was 95. My sister and I had nicknamed him ‘The Iron Veteran’, as he had bounced back from so many falls and illnesses in his later years. However, the last fall finally became the one from which he could not recover. 
 
I’ll do my 21.1k ‘Virtual Remembrance Day Race’ as a walk on October 4, marching from Fort George in Niagara on the Lake to Brock’s Monument, a distance of 22k. There will be nearly 20 people on this march, all dressed in uniforms of the British Army and clothing of the period, commemorating the Battle of Queenston Heights (Oct 12, 1812). As historical reenactors for the War of 1812, it is our passion and privilege to honour our history. On this march, I am proud to be raising funds for the Juno Beach Centre, while honouring my dad’s service and contribution towards the liberation of the people of France. 
 
It will be my part of the ‘leg work’ needed to ensure “We Will Remember Them!” 
Pictured above is George McGuire in 1942 in his Canadian Army uniform and George McGuire in 2016 at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.
Register now for one of the Remembrance Day Races Virtual Running or Walking Events to Benefit Juno Beach Centre. 
Click here to visit junobeach.org for more veterans’ stories.
Each virtual race kit includes the incredible, over-sized, commemorative medal (shown above), as well as a beautifully imprinted neck gaitor or mask, a Remembrance Day poppy, a Juno Beach D-Day souvenir map, a keepsake race bib, and more!
Choose one of three Historically Significant Distances:
StrongPoint 1500m, Juno Beach 8K, or Remembrance 21.1K
and then share with us the story of your run or walk to honour a family member or the memory of those Canadians who served.
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Remembrance Day Virtual Race Events

This is a worthwhile cause to support in lieu of Remembrance Day services this year.


Register for one of the 3 Remembrance Day Virtual Race Events and receive one these beautiful, over-sized, commemorative keepsake medals!