OTTAWA, June 6, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of
Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, issued the following
statement today in recognition of the 69th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy:
"On June 6, 1944, Canadians in uniform put their courage forward in
defending democracy, freedom and the rule of law. Their success
achieved in the pursuit of liberty helped pave the way to victory in
Europe on May 8, 1945.
"The collective experiences and stories of Canada's Veterans who fought
in Normandy have provided Canadians with a proud and lasting legacy
that will continue into our nation's future. From the perilous landings
on D-Day through to the closing of the Falaise Gap where many German
troops were trapped as they tried to retreat in the face of the Allied
advances in the remaining days of the campaign, brave Canadians played
an essential role.
"We remember those who served and Canadians continue to cherish the
values for which they fought and died. These values guide much of what
we do today and reflect our free and peaceful country. We must never
take this for granted.
"Our triumph came with a great price. The Canadians suffered the most
casualties of any divisions in the British Army Group. In the days and
weeks that followed D-Day, more than 90,000 Canadians continued to
fight through the summer heat of Normandy. More than 5,000 Canadians
laid down their lives there in service to their country.
"The achievements of Canada's Veterans have made our country what it is
today. Neither time nor distance will lessen our remembrance as we pass
the torch of remembrance on to future generations. Lest we forget."
For more information on Canada's contributions to D-Day and the Battle
of Normandy, 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 the Korean War,
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