OTTAWA, July 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of
Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, today marked the 70th anniversary of Operation Husky and extended congratulations to the
Operation Husky 2013 civilian contingent who launched a 20-day
commemorative journey at the beaches of Pachino on the island of
Sicily, Italy. Led by Canada Company, Operation Husky 2013 is a special
mission to mark the 70th anniversary of the Sicilian Campaign—code named "Operation Husky"—from
July to August 1943.
"Operation Husky 2013 is an important way for us to honour and remember
the sacrifices and successes of Canadian heroes 70 years ago," said
Minister Blaney. "I applaud all those who have joined in marking this
important anniversary. Brave Canadians gave their lives in the fight
for freedom in Europe and the fighting in Italy as part of Operation
Husky was some of the most challenging. Their sacrifices will be
Thousands of Canadian soldiers from the 1st Canadian Infantry Division
and the 1st Canadian Armoured Brigade joined the first Allied assault
on Sicily, considered one of the largest seaborne operations in
military history, on July 10, 1943. Canadians battled through hundreds
of kilometres of difficult, mountainous terrain, pushing deep into
enemy territory with incredible force. The Sicilian campaign—Operation
Husky—was a success: Sicily was conquered in 38 days. However, Canada
paid a heavy price. More than 1,300 soldiers became casualties, almost
600 of which were fatal.
Through the Community Engagement Partnership Fund, Veterans Affairs
Canada has provided financial support to 3rd (Montréal) Field Battery
of Artillery in support of Operation Husky 2013.
"Our Government is proud to support the 3rd (Montréal) Field Battery of
Artillery as it encourages all Canadians to express our heartfelt
gratitude to Canada's Veterans, men and women in uniform and their
families," said Minister Blaney. "We wish them every success in
Operation Husky 2013."
The Community Engagement Partnership Fund provides funding for
non-profit organizations, educational institutions and other groups
interested in planning remembrance initiatives. Funding applications
are accepted throughout the year. For more information, please visit veterans.gc.ca.
2013 is the Year of the Korean War Veteran—Canada proudly remembers the
heroes of the Korean War and their brave fight to uphold freedom,
democracy and the rule of law. For more information on Canada's role in
the Korean War, visit veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Jean-Christophe de Le Rue
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs