Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

September 16, 2011 09:53 ET

Canada Remembers the Battle of Britain

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 16, 2011) - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement today regarding the 71st anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

"In 1940, between the months of July and October, the skies of Britain were the scene of a battle that has been regarded as one of the turning points of the Second World War.

"It was the first major campaign to be fought primarily by air forces. Brave Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force were called upon to fly into battle. Named the Battle of Britain, it was the largest and most sustained aerial bombing campaign to that date. When it became clear that the Royal Air Force could not be defeated, the battle was over and Britain was safe.

"The Battle of Britain stands as more than just a military victory. It marked the first time air power saved a nation. Canadians, alongside British and Allied forces, protected Britain from invasion and paved the way for the liberation of Europe.

"Our Government is working to ensure that the memory and achievements of Canada's Veterans are never forgotten. Today, we remember the Canadian heroes of the Battle of Britain."

More information on the 71st anniversary of the Battle of Britain can be found on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.veterans.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    613-992-7468

    Codie Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    613-996-4649