Brockville – The Mayor and representatives of the Brockville Rifles will be unveiling a display case created to commemorate D Day at City Hall in the main lobby at 10:00 am on June 6th.
The public is most welcome to attend.
Quick Facts – June 6th, 1944. Over 3000 aircraft, 5500 ships, 6000 tons of bombs and 156,000 soldiers of the Allied forces assaulted the beaches of Normandy, France. The result was history’s largest amphibious invasion: D-Day.
This invasion sealed the fate of Nazi Germay, the occupiers of continental Europe, who now had to defend against a two front war (Russia on the east and the Allies on the west). The D Day invasion shortened the war and saved countless lives.
Brockville was there! Lest we forget the 150 men of the Brockville Rifles, deployed as soldiers in No. 2 Company, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SD&G) Highlanders. One of these soldiers was Private Bert Box of 85 Schofield Avenue in Brockville.
Pushing forward into the Normandy countryside with his Company of soldiers to expand and secure the beachhead from a counterattack, Private Box was on patrol when Bravo Company came under mortar attack by the German 12th SS Panzer Division on the forward edge of the Canadian frontlines. He was killed during this attack, and records indicate he was the first SD&G soldier to die in battle.
Pte. Box was one of many Brockville born soldiers, sailors and airmen who made the supreme sacrifice for their country in World War Two. The display case arrangement and accompanying posters were created by the Brockville Rifles Regimental Museum with gracious assistance from the City. The display will be open to viewing for one month.