Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 14, 2008 15:46 ET

Veterans Affairs Canada: Minister Issues Statement on the Occasion of V-J Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 14, 2008) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement to mark Victory in the Far East (V-J Day):

"It was 63 years ago, on August 15, 1945, that Japan surrendered unconditionally to the Allies and V-J Day was declared. The Second World War was over, and Canada was ready to welcome its heroes home.

More than a million Canadians and Newfoundlanders served overseas during the Second World War, more than 10,000 of them in Hong Kong, Burma and other Far East theatres. The Far East campaign was the longest of the war, and Canadians were part of it from the start. Many Canadians were held as prisoners of war in the Far East, facing horrors unimaginable to most and spending years living in unbearable conditions.

On this anniversary of V-J Day, we pause to consider the sacrifice and achievement of all our honoured Veterans. We think also of the brave Canadian men and women who are today showing the same selfless dedication to freedom.

Our gratitude for their sacrifice is immense, as it is for all those who fought and survive to this day. We are honoured to share in their stories, both tragic and triumphant. We pledge to them that their contributions to our blessed nation will be remembered for all time."

Contact Information

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