Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 18, 2007 09:00 ET

VAC/Day One: Canadian Delegation Returns to the Beaches of Dieppe

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 18, 2007) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, joined by a Canadian delegation of Veterans, parliamentarians and youth, attended a series of commemorative events in France today to mark the 65th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid. They paid tribute to the Royal Regiment of Canada which suffered the heaviest single-day casualties of any regiment during the Second World War.

"So many heroic Canadians sacrificed their freedom, and their lives, during the Dieppe Raid," said Minister Thompson. "The memory of these horrific events is a constant reminder of the debt we owe our Veterans. It is our sacred duty to remember and to honour the sacrifices they made to defend our shared Canadian values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law."

At the Square du Canada and along L'Esplanade, Veterans paid tribute to fallen comrades and laid wreaths at each of the plaques and monuments. The Square du Canada and the boardwalk, which runs along the pebbled (les galets) beaches, features monuments to the 14th Army Tank Regiment (The Calgary Regiment (Tank)), Toronto Scottish Regiment (M.G.), Essex Scottish Regiment, Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal and the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry.

The delegation then proceeded to the Royal Regiment of Canada Monument in Puys where it was joined by Edouard Leveau, Mayor of Dieppe, for a ceremony marking the 65th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid.

Representatives of the delegation will participate in a Vigil of Remembrance at the Cimetiere des Vertus (the Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery) this evening to honour the 707 Canadians buried there.

More information on in-Canada and overseas events, including reports and photos, can be found on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

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    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
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    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
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