Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 21, 2009 09:50 ET

Canada Remembers D-Day and the Battle of Normandy: May 27 Deadline for Canadians Travelling to France

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 21, 2009) - Veterans Affairs Canada is alerting Canadians who are planning to travel on their own to France for the D-Day commemorative events to identify themselves by Wednesday, May 27, 2009, if they have not already done so, to ease their access to Canadian overseas events.

"The people and communities of France are welcoming Canadians once again with ceremonies and events to mark D-Day and the Battle of Normandy," said the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs. "It is powerful to see that not only Canada remembers D-Day, but that Canadians are remembered 65 years later on the very soil where they served."

Minister Thompson will lead a delegation of Veterans, youth and parliamentarians to France from June 3 to 9, 2009, for a series of events commemorating the 65th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

The signature Canadian ceremony, organized in partnership with the Juno Beach Centre Association-Canada, will be held at Juno Beach on June 6, 2009. Other events are planned in the Normandy area to commemorate the Canadian soldiers who fought there 65 years ago.

Canadians returning to Normandy - Contact Veterans Affairs Canada by May 27

Veterans Affairs Canada is issuing vehicle passes to Canadians traveling to France. These passes will allow for easier access to all Government of Canada event sites in the Normandy area.

Please e-mail your contact information to normandy-normandie@vac-acc.gc.ca or call 1-877-604-8489 no later than May 27.

Passes will be issued in Canada prior to May 27 and visitors will also have the opportunity to pick up their reserved passes in France. Specific details on how to pick up passes in France will be provided once the individual has contacted Veterans Affairs Canada.

Events in Canada to mark D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

In Canada, the 65th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy will be recognized nationally on Saturday, June 6, with a ceremony of remembrance held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa at 11 a.m. More than 40 commemorative ceremonies and events are planned for cities and communities across Canada.

For more information on anniversary events in Canada and in France, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada 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