Jake’s Gift – a Shining Tribute to the Power of Remembrance

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Julia Mackey in Jake’s Gift

by Lorraine Payette, written July 3, 2014

“We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when,
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day…”

We’ll Meet Again, sung be Vera Lynn

(Gananoque, ON) Bernière sur Mer lay tired and war weary as June 6, 1944, dawned in Normandy. Little did its residents know that this day of all days was to be remembered throughout time as D-Day, and that their tiny town would be identified as Juno Beach.

Jake’s Gift is a one-woman show that returns us to Juno Beach for the 60th anniversary celebrations of D-Day, for a look at remembrance and appreciation from a different perspective. For the Canadian forces, this was a place of great loss and tragedy, a place to rediscover old pains and sorrows and take the time to visit the final resting places of those who never returned, but for the residents – those who participated in D-Day because it was thrust upon them by fate and location – this is a time to rejoice. This is the anniversary of their great liberation from the Nazis, a glimpse of that future world made free. – to read more>