Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 01, 2009 17:29 ET

Media Advisory: Canada Remembers D-Day in Normandy, France

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 1, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, will lead a delegation of Veterans, youth and parliamentarians in France from June 3 to 9, 2009 for a series of events to commemorate the 65th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

During their journey of remembrance, the delegation will walk across the beaches of Normandy, return to former battlefields and follow the path along which Canadians fought as part of Operation Overlord on D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy.

On the morning of June 6, 1944, Canadian and Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy. Of the 150,000 who took part in D-Day, 25,000 were Canadians. In the months that followed, during the Battle of Normandy, more than 90,000 Canadians served in a monumental series of events that would signal the beginning of the end of the Second World War. Of those, more than 5,000 would lay down their lives.

For more information about D-Day and the Battle of Normandy and commemorative events overseas or across Canada, visit Veterans Affairs Canada at

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