Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 15, 2007 14:18 ET

Media Advisory: Canada Marks 65th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 15, 2007) - This year marks the 65th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid. On August 19, 1942, nearly 5,000 members of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division landed as part of Operation Jubilee, a raid on the enemy-held port of Dieppe, France. Canada's New Government will mark this significant day in Canadian history with a number of events both in Canada and in France.



Canada

Quebec
Event: Parade, Remembrance Ceremony and Reception
Location: Parc St-Mark, Longueuil, Montreal, Quebec
Date: August 18, 2007 at 10:30 a.m.

National Capital Region
Event: Remembrance and Wreath Laying Ceremony
Location: National War Memorial, Ottawa, Ontario
Date: August 19, 2007 at 10:30 a.m.

New Brunswick
Event: Parade, and Remembrance and Wreath Laying Ceremony
Location: Dieppe Cenotaph (next to City Hall), Dieppe, New Brunswick
Date: August 19, 2007 at 1:45 p.m.

- A commemorative ceremony was also held in Iqaluit, Nunavut on August 10.

France

Event: Ceremony of Remembrance
Location: Royal Regiment of Canada Monument, Puys, France
Date: August 18, 2007, 11:30 a.m.

Event: Vigil of Remembrance
Location: Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery (Cimetiere des Vertus) Hautot-
sur-Mer, France
Date: August 18, 2007, 9:30 p.m.
Details: Candlelight ceremony attended by approximately
1,000 people.

Event: Ceremony of Remembrance
Location: Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery (Cimetiere des Vertus) Hautot-
sur-Mer, France
Date: August 19, 2007, 9:00 a.m.
Details: Ceremony honouring those killed during the Dieppe Raid who
are among the 707 Canadians buried there. Approximately
1,000 people expected.

Event: Commemorative Wreath Laying Ceremony
Location: Square du Canada, Dieppe (Haute-Normandie), France
Date: August 19, 2007, 10:30 a.m.
Details: Organized by the City of Dieppe, approximately 1,000 people
expected. The ceremony will be followed by a parade to
Mass at the l'Esplanade and a reception at City Hall.

Event: Ceremony of Remembrance
Location: Pourville Memorial, Pourville, France
Date: August 20, 2007, 10:30 a.m.

Please note: All events are listed in local time.


The Dieppe Raid was an attempt to briefly invade the enemy-occupied port of Dieppe, destroy pre-determined targets and return to England as quickly as possible. During what would become one of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War, more than 3,300 Canadians became casualties, including 913 who lost their lives. More than 1,900 Canadians became prisoners of war. Though a devastating battle, many historians feel that the Dieppe Raid played a major role in the later success of D-Day and in Canada's overall contribution to the Second World War.

For more information about Dieppe Raid, reports on the delegation's progress in France or details on events in your area, 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