Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

September 03, 2009 16:58 ET

Canada Remembers the Liberation of Belgium

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 3, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement today regarding the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Belgium by Allied Forces on September 4.

"Belgium had endured more than four long years of harsh occupation when Canadian Forces played a key role in the struggle to defeat the German army and restore liberty to the people of Belgium in 1944.

We mark this 65th anniversary by remembering the sacrifices made by Canadians in bringing freedom to others.

Canadian forces fought through mud-flooded lands against a powerful, battle-hardened enemy. The 2nd and 3rd Canadian Infantry Divisions and the 4th Canadian Armoured moved through Belgium, supported by the operations of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Canadian Navy. More than 800 Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice are buried in Belgium.

Canada's role in liberating Belgium marked the origins of the modern, cohesive Canadian military we see today.

Our Veterans, these ordinary Canadians who accomplished extraordinary things, represent the best of Canada. We are here today because of them and we owe it to them to remember."

More information on the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Belgium can be found on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7428
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649