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Q.O.R Lads Hitch-hike To Beach To Honor Comrades Killed D-Day
By Frederick Griffin, Star Staff Correspondent
With the Canadians in France, Aug. 4 -- Three men of the Queen's Own Rifles of Toronto had a few hours off some days ago to call their own, and they hitch-hiked rides on army worries to the beachhead. They were seeing it for the first time since D-day
and they were astonished by what they saw there.
But it was not to see the place where they had made their invasion landing that these three made this pilgrimage. It was not to see the battered German defences or the land they had fought over. It was not for a swim in the sea.
It was to lay flowers from French fields and gardens on the graves (4) of comrades who had fallen in these first days and who lie buried in the little casual cemeteries of the countryside. That was why these Q.O.R. lads hitch-hiked to the Normandy beaches
and then hitch-hiked back to their regiment when they might have been resting in the sun and forgetting the war. They had remembered their friends they had known in Toronto.