Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 03, 2006 17:31 ET

Department of National Defence: Celebrate Canadian Forces Day-June 4th

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 3, 2006) - Sunday, June 4th, marks the fifth annual Canadian forces Day, a day when Canadians have the opportunity to pay tribute to the men and women of the Canadian Forces.

"Canadian Forces Day is a time for Canadians to salute the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces," said the Honourable Gordon O'Connor, Minister of National Defence. "I want to express my personal gratitude for the dedication, skill, professionalism and humanity the Canadian Forces demonstrate in their jobs everyday, whether here in Canada or abroad."

"Canadian Forces Day gives the public a chance to show their support for the work of our soldiers, sailors, and airmen and airwomen who wear the maple leaf on their shoulder defending Canada and promoting Canadian values around the world," said General Rick Hillier, Chief of the Defence Staff.

Canadian Forces Day is a day officially recognized by the Government of Canada to acknowledge our soldiers, sailors and air personnel in the Regular and Reserve Forces for their contributions and achievements.

For more information about CF Day, visit the National Defence website at, and click the "CF Day" button on the Public Resources and Services page. To express your support to CF members deployed around the world, visit the National Defence website, at, and click on the Write to the Troops button.

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