Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 13, 2009 16:46 ET

Canada Remembers the 64th Anniversary of the Victory in the Far East

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 13, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement to mark the 64th anniversary of the Victory in the Far East on August 15.

"Saturday marks the 64th anniversary of the Victory in the Far East and the end of the Second World War, but the memories of those who served there have not dimmed. Nor has our nation's gratitude. In total, more than 10,000 Canadians, serving on land, in the air and at sea, took part in the Far East campaign.

As well, many Royal Canadian Air Force members were assigned to the Royal Air Force, and served with the British Forces in Malaya (now Malaysia), Singapore, Java (now Indonesia), Burma, India, and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Members of the Merchant Navy as well as the Royal Canadian Navy were also present in the Far East.

Of the 1,975 Canadians who served with a small British garrison in Hong Kong, 290 would die in the hard-fought, 17-day battle. The Allies surrendered on Christmas Day, 1941 and the remaining Canadian troops, including two nursing sisters, were taken prisoners of war. The troops would spend almost four horrific years as prisoners. In total, 267 Canadians died as prisoners of war in Hong Kong and Japan.

Our government is committed to our Veterans. We encourage all Canadians to honour and respect the tremendous sacrifices of our men and women who have served and who continue to serve."

For more information on the 64th anniversary of the Victory in the Far East, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Heather Macdonald
    A/Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7428
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649