Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

September 18, 2011 16:45 ET

Member of Parliament Mark Strahl Pays Tribute to Veterans at Battle of Britain Ceremony

CHILLIWACK, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 18, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Mark Strahl, Member of Parliament for Chilliwack–Fraser, attended a ceremony in Chilliwack, British Columbia, commemorating the 71st anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

"Our Government is honouring the sacrifices and achievements of the brave Canadians who served in the Battle of Britain," said Minister Blaney. "Today, we remember the exemplary individuals who fought in the Battle of Britain as well as all those who continue to serve Canada today."

In 1940, between the months of July and October, the skies of Britain were the scene of a battle that has been regarded as one of the turning points of the Second World War.

It was the first major campaign to be fought primarily by air forces. Brave Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force were called upon to fly into battle. The Battle of Britain was the largest and most sustained aerial bombing campaign to that date. When it became clear that the Royal Air Force could not be defeated, the battle was over and Britain was safe.

"Canadians, alongside British and Allied forces, saved Britain from invasion and paved the way for the liberation of Europe," said Mr. Strahl. "We are here today to pay tribute to these Royal Canadian Air Force members for their bravery in the face of overwhelming odds and to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice."

More information on the Battle of Britain can be found on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at veterans.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Manager
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    613-992-7468

    Codie Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    613-996-4649