Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 06, 2010 12:28 ET

Media Advisory: Canada Remembers VE-Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 6, 2010) - Media and the public are invited to attend a parade with vintage wartime vehicles as well as a fly-past of Second World War aircraft, followed by a ceremony with the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture) to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE-Day). The event will pay tribute to the more than one million Canadians who served in the Second World War.

Parade location: Elgin Street beginning at the corner of Lisgar Street proceeding north to the National War Memorial, Confederation Square
  Ottawa, Ontario
   
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2010
   
Time: Parade at 10:15 a.m.
  Commemorative ceremony at 11:00 a.m.

The Silver Cross Mother for 2010, Veterans, Canadian Forces members and youth will join the Minister for this major remembrance ceremony, followed by a march-past at the National War Memorial.

Of the more than one million Canadians who served during the Second World War, more than 47,000 would lay down their lives defending peace, freedom and justice. Canadians will honour the sacrifice made by all those who served during the Second World War with events held in communities across Canada.

For more information about VE-Day and for a listing of community events taking place across the country, 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