Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 18, 2008 10:36 ET

Statement by Minister of Veterans Affairs on the 66th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 18, 2008) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement to mark the 66th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid:

"Canadians have always stood up for our shared values of democracy and the rule of law. As we enjoy these peaceful summer days, let us not forget the men and women who have risked and sacrificed their lives for these noble ideals.

The Dieppe Raid is a clear example of Canadians' willingness to confront tyranny. On August 19, 1942, almost 5,000 Canadians took part in Operation Jubilee, a raid along the coast of France. During what became one of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War, Canada suffered more than 3,300 casualties, including 913 Canadians who paid the ultimate price. Another 1,946 Canadians would endure harsh treatment as prisoners of war.

Despite heavy losses, the Allied troops' efforts were not in vain. The Dieppe Raid provided important information for planning the D-Day landing in 1944. It let the French know we had not forgotten them, and it gave them hope for the day their oppressors would be driven out of their land.

Not every battle ends in victory. Yet every battle Canada takes part in reflects the unbreakable spirit of our men and women in uniform. Today, please join me in honouring their achievements and sacrifices, and remembering their extraordinary courage."

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Heather MacDonald
    Acting Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications