Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

September 18, 2011 15:15 ET

Parliamentary Secretary Robert Goguen Pays Tribute to Battle of Britain Veterans

DIEPPE, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Sept. 18, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Moncton–Riverview–Dieppe, today participated in a commemorative ceremony at J. Laurie Cormier POW Park to mark the 71st anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

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

The Battle of Britain, which occurred between the months of July and October in 1940, was a truly significant event and an important chapter in Canada's military history. The campaign demonstrated for the first time that air power could save a nation. It was also the first battle fought primarily by air forces.

"Canadian air crew have always been a great credit to our nation and they played a major role in the Battle of Britain," said Mr. Goguen. "On this occasion, we are reminded of the immense sacrifices our Veterans made in defence of the peace and freedom we enjoy today."

For more information on the Battle of Britain, please visit veterans.gc.ca.

Contact Information

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