HAMILTON, ON, June 6, 2014 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Leona
Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for
Parks Canada, David Sweet, Member of Parliament for
Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, paid tribute and took part in
commemorations of the 70th anniversary of D-Day at HMCS Haida National Historic Site. HMCS Haida, an authentic piece of Second World War history moored in Hamilton
Harbour, was the perfect venue for the commemoration because of her
role in safeguarding Allied Expeditionary Force D-Day convoys.
The ceremony was especially poignant and memorable thanks to guest
speaker Ralph Frayne, Second World War Naval Veteran and original
member of HMCS Haida's commissioning crew circa 1944. The ceremony featured a keepsake stone
art project from local schools and the laying of carnations in the
waters surrounding the ship.
Haida retired to become a well-loved national historic site. A full weekend
of special and innovative activities will take place at HMCS Haida on June 6-8 to commemorate D-Day, and the bravery and sacrifice of the
Canadians who served.
One hundred and nine vessels and 10,000 sailors of the Royal Canadian
Navy helped keep the German fleet bottled up in ports, cleared mines
across the English Channel, silenced enemy batteries on the shoreline,
and carried Canadian troops and landing craft to the battle
D-Day was one of Canada's most significant and successful military
engagements, and a pivotal moment of the 20th century. D-Day and the campaign that followed in Normandy would help
signal the beginning of the end of the Second World War.
About HMCS Haida
HMCS Haida sank the most enemy tonnage in Canadian naval history.
Commissioned in 1943, this 71-year old ship proudly floats in Lake
Ontario where she is harboured in Hamilton, Ontario.
"Our Government is proud to preserve HMCS Haida for all Canadians for its significant role in the Second World War. On
the 70th anniversary of D-Day let us honour the memory of those who sacrificed
for our peace and freedom."
David Sweet, Member of Parliament for
Image with caption: "Mr. David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Ancaster - Dundas - Flamborough-Westdale casts a memorial carnation from the bow of HMCS Haida National Historic Site. (CNW Group/Parks Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140606_C8991_PHOTO_EN_41179.jpg
SOURCE: Parks Canada
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