Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 05, 2009 12:30 ET

Media Advisory: Canada Remembers D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 5, 2009) - Special events are planned in the nation's capital to mark the 65th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy on June 6th. There will be a ceremony of remembrance at the National War Memorial with the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, representing the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs and General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff. Preceding the ceremony is a parade with light armoured vehicles and troop trucks transporting the Veterans to the National War Memorial for the commemorative ceremony. There will also be a flypast with vintage aircraft. The vehicles represent the land, sea and air elements of the D-Day invasion.



Parade

Location: Parade commences at Cartier Square Drill Hall and proceeds
along Laurier Street to Elgin and north to the National War
Memorial

Date: Saturday, June 6, 2009

Time: 10:35 a.m.

Ceremony

Location: National War Memorial, Confederation Square

Date: Saturday, June 6, 2009

Time: 11:00 a.m. (flypast will occur at approximately 10:45 a.m.)


On the morning of June 6, 1944, more than 150,000 Allied forces took part in D-Day, including over 25,000 Canadians. Of the approximately 90,000 Canadians who served at D-Day and in the Battle of Normandy that followed, more than 5,000 would lay down their lives. In recognition of this historic campaign, Canadians will honour Veterans of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy at events held in communities across Canada.

For more information about D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca. Veterans Affairs Canada would be pleased to provide media with contact information for Veterans you may wish to interview prior to or on June 6.

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