Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 06, 2009 10:01 ET

The Honourable Peter Mackay Remembers D-Day at Camp Hill

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - June 6, 2009) - Today, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Gateway, marked the 65th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy at Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building.

"The values of peace, freedom and justice for which Canadians fought on the beaches of Normandy are the same values our military men and women continue to protect," said Minister MacKay. "They continue a legacy of honour and we honour these Veterans here today."

Commemorative events in Halifax marking the anniversary included a parade, commemorative ceremony and community picnic held at Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building. Minister MacKay attended the events on behalf of the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

Minister Thompson is currently leading an official Government of Canada delegation in France, to mark the anniversary. They are participating in commemorative ceremonies and events in the Normandy area, honouring the brave Canadians who fought there 65 years ago.

"As the sun rose over the beaches of Normandy 65 years ago, Canadian Forces from land, air, and sea came together in the pursuit of freedom," said Minister Thompson during commemorative events in Normandy. "June 6 marks a day to remember their bravery and their sacrifice-a day to honour Canada's service men and women."

On the morning of June 6, 1944, Canadian and Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, with more than 5,000 vessels and 10,000 aircraft. Of the 150,000 who took part in D-Day, more than 25,000 were Canadians. In the months that followed, during the Battle of Normandy, more than 90,000 Canadian men and women served in a monumental series of events that would signal the beginning of the end of the Second World War. Of those, more than 5,000 would lay down their lives.

On June 6, Canada remembers. Canada remembers D-Day.

For more information about D-Day and the Battle of the Atlantic, reports on the delegation's progress in France or details about events in your area, visit the Veterans Affairs Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca

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