Canadian D-Day Veterans invited to take part in ceremonies in France
OSHAWA, ON, March 2, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino,
Minister of Veterans Affairs, today joined with Parliamentary Secretary
Erin O'Toole at the Ontario Regiment Armouries, in Oshawa, to announce
the Government of Canada's intent to provide financial support to help
Veterans of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy attend 70th anniversary commemorative events in France on June 6, 2014.
This is part of a special week of events taking place from June 5 to 8,
2014, when Veterans and delegates from participating countries will
gather in France to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. The Government of
Canada is committed to recognizing Canada's proud military history and
the bravery and sacrifices of our men and women in uniform as the
country approaches the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.
Minister Fantino invited Canadian D-Day Veterans to reach out to
Veterans Affairs Canada so that they can take part in the overseas
ceremonies. All Veterans of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy are
eligible to apply and are encouraged to do so as soon as possible by
contacting 1-866-522-2122, visiting veterans.gc.ca or e-mailing Normandyfirstname.lastname@example.org.
To support Veterans who wish to participate in D-Day and the Battle of
Normandy ceremonies in France, Veterans Affairs Canada is offering up
to $2,000 per eligible Veteran.
A number of travel companies offer packages to Veterans to commemorate
D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
All Canadian Veterans of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy are eligible
to apply for the travel assistance.
Veterans Affairs Canada is expecting that approximately 180 Veterans
will apply for the travel assistance.
Tremendous sacrifices were made in Normandy, with more than 18,000
Canadians among the casualties—over 5,000 of whom would never see their
"The success achieved in Normandy is a pivotal moment in Canadian
history, and is now deeply rooted in our national character. It is a
humbling honour to once again pay tribute to Canada's brave Veterans
and express our gratitude on the 70th anniversary of D-day."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
"It is a privilege to celebrate the valour shown by Veterans of the
Second World War, defending values that we share as a nation. Now, 70
years after D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, Canadians continue to
find inspiration in that extraordinary achievement."
Major-General Richard Rohmer, OC, CMM, DFC, QC, Senior D-Day/Battle of
Normandy Veteran, Minister's Advisor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day
"Communities in Durham, like towns and cities across Canada, respect the
tremendous service and sacrifices of our Veterans. D-Day represents the
triumph of democracy over tyranny, and it is important to commemorate
with the Canadians who were part of this victory."
Erin O'Toole, MP for Durham and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
of International Trade
"As the host venue for the D-Day 70th anniversary ceremony, the Juno Beach Centre is pleased that the
Government of Canada will support Canadian Veterans as they return to
Normandy for this important milestone in Canadian history. We continue
to honour their service and to commemorate Canada's contribution during
the Second World War."
Don Cooper, President of the Juno Beach Centre Association
Image with caption: "From left to right, LCol John Fotheringham, Juno Beach Centre Director, Member of Parliament Erin O'Toole,Veteran Russell Scott, Minister Fantino, Veteran Doug Finney, Dave Robinson EF Tours and Cliff Nienhaus, Ontario Regiment Volunteer, gather for the funding announcement in support of D-Day Veterans. (CNW Group/Veterans Affairs Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140302_C8562_PHOTO_EN_37421.jpg
Image with caption: "Minister Fantino announces Canada's intent to provide financial support to help D-Day Veterans and the battle of Normandy to attend the 70th anniversary commemorative event in France of June 6, 2014. (CNW Group/Veterans Affairs Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140302_C8562_PHOTO_EN_37419.jpg
Image with caption: "Minister Fantino speaks with SWW Veteran Russell Scott at the funding announcement in support of D-Day Veterans. (CNW Group/Veterans Affairs Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140302_C8562_PHOTO_EN_37417.jpg
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans of Affairs
Veterans Affairs Canada