Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 15, 2010 10:00 ET

Minister Blackburn Marks the 65th Anniversary of VJ-Day at the National War Memorial

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 15, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), joined fellow Canadians today at a commemorative event marking the 65th anniversary of Victory in the Far East (VJ-Day) and the official end of the Second World War.

"As we mark VJ-Day, we pay tribute to those who have served and we offer our deepest thanks as we remember the price they paid for the freedom and liberty we enjoy today," said Minister Blackburn.

By 1945, Canada's involvement in the Pacific had grown to the point where more than 10,000 Canadians served in various theatres in the Far East, including Hong Kong, India and Burma. As people around the world celebrated Victory in Europe (VE-Day), 80,000 Canadian volunteers prepared back home for what Allied leaders thought would be the final struggle in the Pacific.

"Canada's contribution in the Second World War helped define Canada as a nation and shape the country in which we live today," said Minister Blackburn. "The legacy of our Second World War service men and women continues to inspire our nation, especially the men and women who today proudly serve in the Canadian Forces to protect our values and way of life."

The ceremony was held at the National War Memorial-a symbol of the sacrifice of all Canadians who have served Canada in times of war in the cause of peace and freedom. As part of the ceremony there was a fly past of a Dakota aircraft from the Canadian Warplane Museum in Hamilton-a plane that many of those Veterans present flew in during the War.

For more information on VJ-Day and Canada's contributions during the Second World War, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Flora Fahr
    Acting Media Relations Manager
    613-995-7758
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    613-992-3465
    Cell.: 613-608-3252