Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 18, 2009 10:16 ET

Canada Remembers the 67th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 18, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement to mark the 67th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid taking place on August 19.

"Our Veterans, these ordinary Canadians who accomplished extraordinary things, represent the best of Canada. We enjoy a peaceful society today because of them and we owe it to them to remember. They gave everything to ensure peace and security for our country.

The Dieppe Raid is a clear example of Canada's willingness to confront tyranny. On August 19, 1942, almost 5,000 Canadians took part in Operation Jubilee, a raid along the coast of France. During Canada's bloodiest day of the Second World War, we suffered more than 3,300 casualties, including 913 Canadians who paid the ultimate price and 1,946 Canadians who would endure harsh treatment as prisoners of war.

Despite heavy losses, the Allied troops' efforts were not in vain. The Dieppe Raid provided important information for planning the D-Day landing in 1944. It also let the French know we had not forgotten them, and it gave them hope for the day their oppressors would be driven out of their land.

Canada remembers our heroes. Please join me as we pay tribute and reflect on the 67th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid."

More information on the 67th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid events can be found on 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