Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 02, 2009 10:22 ET

Public Service Announcement: 65th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 2, 2009) - D-Day, on June 6, 1944 during the Second World War, was a pivotal moment in history for Canada and the world. Sixty-five years later, Canada will pay tribute to the 90,000 Canadians who served on that day and in the Battle of Normandy.

At 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, June 6, Veterans who fought on the beaches on D-Day and in the months following will be part of a parade in downtown Ottawa commencing at the Cartier Square Drill Hall (near City Hall on Laurier Avenue) and proceeding north on Elgin Street to the National War Memorial for a commemorative ceremony at 11:00 a.m. Veterans Affairs Canada encourages the public to attend this parade and cheer on our Canadian heroes.

Of those who served on D-Day and in the Battle of Normandy, more than 5,000 would lay down their lives defending freedom and democracy.

Street Closures

Please note for your audience/readership that the street closures are in effect on Saturday, 6 June 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

(1) Rideau/Wellington Street between Sussex Drive and O'Connor Street;

(2) Metcalfe Street between Queen Street and Wellington Street;

(3) Queen Street between O'Connor Street and Elgin Street; and

(4) Elgin Street between Wellington Street and Albert Street.

For more information on D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca. Veterans Affairs Canada would be pleased to provide media with contact information for Veterans you may wish to interview prior to or on June 6.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468