OTTAWA, Nov. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of
Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement today regarding the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele.
"The Battle of Passchendaele is a significant milestone in Canada's
proud military heritage. Our country's sacrifices and ultimate triumph
further added to the growing reputation of our soldiers as the premier
offensive fighting force on the Western Front.
"In the fall of 1917, Canada's army, after their great success at Vimy
Ridge that April, was sent north to Belgium. It would be familiar
ground for the Canadians who had seen harsh fighting there earlier in
"After more than two weeks of grueling attacks in the face of heavy
enemy fire, the Canadian Corps captured the ruined village of
Passchendaele and the surrounding ridge, with the muddy battle finally
drawing to an end on November 10. The price would be high, as more than
4,000 Canadian soldiers lost their lives and 12,000 were wounded.
"The sacrifices and achievements of those who gave so much in the effort
to restore peace and freedom will never be forgotten. Fighting at
Passchendaele took great bravery. Nine Canadians earned the Victoria
Cross, the highest award for military valour a Canadian can earn, in
"We mark this anniversary by remembering the heroic efforts of those who
fought. We must honour the contributions men and women in uniform have
made and continue to make in defending Canada's values of freedom and
democracy. Today, we remember the Battle of Passchendaele."
For more information on the Battle of Passchendaele, please 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