Veterans Affairs Canada
NORMANDY, France, June 6, 2014 – On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement:
“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 their generation.
“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.”