Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 05, 2009 15:02 ET

Canada Remembers D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 5, 2009) - Canadians across the country will honour Canadian Veterans in commemorative events tomorrow marking the 65th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

"As the sun rose over the beaches of Normandy 65 years ago, Canadian Forces from land, air, and sea came together in the pursuit of freedom," stated the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs. "June 6 marks a day to remember their bravery and their sacrifice-a day to honour Canada's service men and women."

A major event in Ottawa on the morning of June 6 will include a commemorative ceremony followed by a march past at the National War Memorial. This follows a parliamentary tribute that honoured Canada's service men and women, past and present, on June 2 in the Parliament of Canada.

Minister Thompson is currently leading an official Government of Canada delegation in France, to mark the anniversary. They are participating in commemorative ceremonies and events in the Normandy area, honouring the tens of thousands of brave Canadians who fought there 65 years ago.

On the morning of June 6, 1944, Canadian and Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, with more than 5,000 vessels and 10,000 aircraft. Of the 150,000 who took part in D-Day, more than 25,000 were Canadians. In the months that followed, during the Battle of Normandy, more than 90,000 Canadian men and women 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, for reports on the delegation's progress in France or details on events in your area, visit Veterans Affairs Canada's Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649