Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 28, 2013 10:00 ET

Media Advisory: Canadian Armed Forces Contingent to Honour the Fallen at Agira Canadian War Cemetery

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 28, 2013) - On July 30, 2013, 60 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel will join Canadians in a ceremony of remembrance at Agira Canadian War Cemetery and Memorial as part of Operation SICILY.

When: July 30 at 10 a.m. Central European Summer Time (4 a.m. EDT).

Where: Agira Canadian War Cemetery and Memorial, Agira, Sicily.

What: A ceremony of remembrance at the Agira Canadian War Cemetery to honour more than 500 Canadian soldiers and airmen who died fighting in the Sicilian Campaign in 1943. The ceremony is the culmination of Operation SICILY, the CAF's participation in Operation Husky 2013, a private commemorative effort to mark the 70th anniversary of the Sicilian Campaign. Telephone interviews with participating CAF members can be arranged.

Who: In addition to the 60 CAF members, the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada; Lieutenant-General Jonathan Vance, Deputy Commander Allied Joint Forces Command Naples; and Ambassador James Fox, Canadian Ambassador to Italy, are scheduled to attend.

Notes to editor / news director:

For more information or for interview requests with CAF personnel at Agira Canadian War Cemetery, please contact Lesley Craig, Communications Advisor, at 1-613-618-9208 or

For ongoing updates on Operation SICILY, please follow the Canadian Army Facebook page at:

Imagery of Operation SICILY will be posted on the following website:

For more information on the privately-led commemorative effort Operation Husky 2013, please visit the official website at

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