OTTAWA, Aug. 15, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of
Veterans Affairs, today issued the following statement to mark the 69th anniversary of Victory over Japan (V-J Day).
"Sixty-nine years ago, Canada and the world marked two historic events:
the end of the Far East campaign and the end of the Second World War.
Celebration of these triumphs was tempered, however, by recognition of
all that had been sacrificed to achieve them.
"From 1941 to 1945, more than 10,000 Canadians saw action in faraway
places like Hong Kong, India and Burma as part of the war against
Japan. On land, in the air and at sea, our soldiers were steadfast and
determined in the face of some of the most difficult fighting witnessed
by Canada's military during the Second World War. The defence of Hong
Kong was a particularly brutal chapter in our military history. Of the
almost 2,000 Canadians who sailed to Hong Kong in late 1941, more than
550 lost their lives and many more would suffer harsh treatment in
enemy prisoner of war camps for more than three-and-a-half years.
"Canadians fought in Asia with heart, skill and valour. Their courage
and strength of character was vital to the Allies' ultimate victory in
the Second World War. We owe them our endless gratitude."
For more information about Canadian efforts in Asia and Government of
Canada World Wars Commemorative activities, please visit veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs Canada