Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

September 19, 2010 11:25 ET

Statement by Minister Blackburn: Canada Remembers the Battle of Britain

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 19, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), issued the following statement as he participated in a ceremony in Ottawa to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

"In 1940, between the months of July and October, the skies of Britain became engulfed in 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 entirely by air forces. Brave Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force were called upon to fly into battle. It was the largest and most sustained aerial bombing campaign to that date. Once the enemy realized the Royal Air Force could not be defeated, the battle was over and Britain was safe.

The significance of the Battle of Britain is more than just a military victory. It was the first time air power saved a nation. Canadians, along with Allied Forces, saved Britain from invasion and paved the way for the liberation of Europe.

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the sacrifice and achievements of Canada's Veterans are remembered. Canadians share a proud military history and are passionate about honouring Canada's Veterans."

More information on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain can be found on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
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