NORMANDY, France, June 6, 2014 /CNW/ - On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, the Honourable Julian
Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today issued the following
"It is both a great privilege and humbling experience to stand alongside
Veterans of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, as we reflect upon what
took place along the shores of France. Together, we pay respects to
their fallen comrades and celebrate the monumental achievements of
"On June 6, 1944, Canada and her Allies dared to attempt the seemingly
impossible. They bravely landed on the heavily defended shores of
Normandy, and with great vision and perseverance, forever changed the
course of history.
"Many of the more than 25,000 Canadian soldiers, sailors and airmen who
joined the Allied forces in such a formidable task that day were young
heading into the war. But with skill and resolve, they often helped
lead the Allied advance. Success in this campaign ultimately was a
pivotal step in finally achieving Victory in Europe in May 1945.
"Today, our nations have returned together to honour those who served
here and to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
"Generations of Canadians have been beneficiaries of the freedom and
opportunity that those selfless men and women fought to achieve. Today,
led by our Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Canada
has returned once more to express our endless gratitude, and to pledge
that we will never forget them."
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs Canada