Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

September 16, 2009 13:51 ET

Canada Remembers the Battle of Britain

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 16, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement today regarding the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

"Between July and October 1940, a battle raged in the skies over Britain that has come to be regarded as one of the turning points of the Second World War.

With the enemy set to invade, all of Britain looked to the skies for support. Among those who answered the call for help were brave Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Enemy attacks on British cities caused widespread damage and loss of life, but the Allied Forces fought back with intense determination and won over the sky. Once the enemy realized the Royal Air Force could not be defeated, the battle was over and Britain was safe.

The significance of the Battle of Britain is more than just a military victory. It was the first time air power saved a nation. Canadians, along with Allied Forces, saved Britain from invasion and paved the way for the liberation of Europe.

Canada remembers our heroes-we pay tribute to our history and honour those who continue to serve today. The values for which Canadians fought during the Second World War are the same values Canada's men and women in uniform continue to defend and protect today."

More information on the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Britain can be found on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Heather MacDonald
    A/Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications