To the editor;
June 6 of last week was D-Day, plus 68 years.
Let us remember and thank those brave souls that gave their all back then to buy our freedoms of today.
Not just the Canadians, but all the Nations that banded together to free us from the future that could have been.
We are free to express our feelings and emotions, whatever they may be, and pretty well in any way. How precious is that?
Most of those brave souls that paid the price were volunteers; who went of their own free will and sense of duty – that can never be matched.
To all the citizens of this great country, take a minute to just bow your head and give a word of thanks.
That is the least we can do as survivors!
Hope we never see times like that again.
To those who paid it all – a humble THANK YOU.
Royce W. Gibson
The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement in recognition of the 68th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy last week.
“On June 6, 1944, Allied troops stormed enemy defences on the beaches of Normandy. The Canadians were among the first into action and, against terrible odds, they fought their way onto Juno Beach. Those soldiers fought bravely for democracy, peace and justice.
Historically, D-Day is considered a turning point in the Second World War. Sixty-eight years ago, Canadian forces from land, air and sea branches, along with members of Canada’s Merchant Navy, came together in the defence of freedom. The success achieved in Normandy paved the way to victory in Europe on May 8, 1945.
The Canadian triumph on D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy was not without sacrifice as Canadians suffered the most casualties of any division in the British Army Group. As we know, freedom comes with a price. Of the more than 90,000 Canadians who served in the Battle of Normandy, more than 5,000 would give their lives.
We remember those who served and the sacrifices made by Canadians in making our country what it is today. We reflect on the legacy we have inherited. Canada remembers D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Lest we forget.”
For more information on Canada’s contribution to D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, visit www.veterans.gc.ca. Share your thoughts at www.facebook.com/CanadaRemembers.