Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 08, 2009 10:06 ET

Canada Remembers Victory in Europe

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 8, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement today regarding the 64th anniversary of what is known as Victory in Europe (VE) Day.

"Sixty-four years ago today, the world waited with great anticipation to hear confirmation that the war in Europe had ended, and that our Canadian men and women would soon be coming home.

May 8, 1945, was a day to celebrate our triumph over such adversity. But it was also a time to remember the tremendous sacrifices that were made.

More than one million courageous service men and women left their homes, their families and their friends to serve this country during the Second World War. Tragically over 47,000 gave their lives and another 55,000 were wounded.

Today's anniversary serves as a powerful reminder of the great debt we owe our Veterans. It reminds us that freedom is not free. It has never been free.

It also reminds us that our soldiers are still making sacrifices for us. Whether it's in Afghanistan or other dangerous and troubled spots around the world, our men and women in uniform are still defending our shared values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law.

Our Veterans, these ordinary Canadians who accomplished extraordinary things, represent the best of Canada. We are here today because of them and we owe it to them to remember. Today, as we mark VE-Day, we pay tribute to our proud history and we honour those who continue to serve.

Lest we forget."

For more information on Canada's contribution during the Second World War, 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