Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 02, 2009 10:22 ET

Public Service Announcement: 65th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 2, 2009) - D-Day, on June 6, 1944 during the Second World War, was a pivotal moment in history for Canada and the world. Sixty-five years later, Canada will pay tribute to the 90,000 Canadians who served on that day and in the Battle of Normandy.

At 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, June 6, Veterans who fought on the beaches on D-Day and in the months following will be part of a parade in downtown Ottawa commencing at the Cartier Square Drill Hall (near City Hall on Laurier Avenue) and proceeding north on Elgin Street to the National War Memorial for a commemorative ceremony at 11:00 a.m. Veterans Affairs Canada encourages the public to attend this parade and cheer on our Canadian heroes.

Of those who served on D-Day and in the Battle of Normandy, more than 5,000 would lay down their lives defending freedom and democracy.

Street Closures

Please note for your audience/readership that the street closures are in effect on Saturday, 6 June 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

(1) Rideau/Wellington Street between Sussex Drive and O'Connor Street;

(2) Metcalfe Street between Queen Street and Wellington Street;

(3) Queen Street between O'Connor Street and Elgin Street; and

(4) Elgin Street between Wellington Street and Albert Street.

For more information on D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at Veterans Affairs Canada would be pleased to provide media with contact information for Veterans you may wish to interview prior to or on June 6.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor