Oct. 29, 2013
/CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs,
, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs
and Member of Parliament for
, today joined the Board of Directors of the Juno Beach Centre Association and its partners, Atout France and the Normandy Tourism Board, in officially launching a national campaign commemorating the 70
anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in 2014. A short film entitled
"They Walk With You,"
produced for the Juno Beach Centre to mark its 10
anniversary, was screened for all in attendance.
"The exemplary work that the Juno Beach Centre Association and its partners, Atout France and the Normandy Tourism Board, are doing to honour
Veterans deserves true recognition" said Minister Fantino. "Through their efforts, they are reaching Canadians of all ages to promote a deeper appreciation of our country's military history".
"Our Government is committed to remembering the Canadian men and women who served and sacrificed so much in the defence of freedom and democracy in faraway places such as the beaches of Normandy," said Parliamentary Secretary Gill. "By remembering Veterans' service and sacrifices, we recognize the tradition of freedom they fought to preserve."
Minister Fantino recently named Major-General (R)
as his D-Day Special Advisor.
, who was a fighter pilot during the Battle of Normandy in the Second World War, has had a distinguished career and gained a deep knowledge about
involvement in D-Day.
"Normandy, especially its historic shores, is a special destination for all Canadians and the Juno Beach Centre is thrilled to partner with these great organizations to raise awareness for this important anniversary," said
, President of the Juno Beach Centre Association.
D-Day was one of
most significant military engagements. Success on D-Day and in the battles that followed came at a price as there are more than 5,400 Canadian graves in Normandy. On land, by sea and in the air, many Canadians who participated in the Normandy campaign were young and new to battle, but their courage and skill meant they often helped lead the Allied advance against a determined enemy.
honours and thanks all those who contributed to free the country,
and the rest of the world during the Second World War," said
, Atout France's Director for
. "With 2014 bringing the 70
anniversary of D-Day Normandy, Canadians of all ages are especially invited to come appreciate Normandy's special commemorative program and discover the Juno Beach Centre and the many collective landmarks that help us never forget."
As we approach this year's Veterans' Week, your challenge is to
show you remember
. Wearing a poppy, attending a local
ceremony and changing your Facebook profile picture to a poppy are all ways to remember and honour Veterans. Visit
to get interactive and share your thoughts or to find commemorative events in your community.
For more information about commemorative events in your area, visit
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada