We must never forget the heroism and sacrifice shown by Canadians on D-Day
In 1944, to secure our freedom, Canadian, British and American troops embarked on the largest seaborne invasion in history – a dangerous mission that came with immense sacrifice and laid the foundation for victory in the Second World War.
Facing the elements and overwhelming odds, Allied troops bravely fought in the battle that would re-establish the Allies’ foothold in Europe. As the turning point in the war, D-Day symbolically marks the beginning of the end of World War II and the liberation of France.
It was on the beaches of Normandy that Canadians suffered terrible losses, yet pushed forward in pursuit of the values and freedoms that we hold dear today. As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of this dark and historic day, we remember the conflict and the victory for which our soldiers fought to build a better world for each of us.
Today it is our responsibility to honour and remember the 14,000 Canadians who landed at Juno Beach and the 1,074 casualties and 359 Canadians who were killed. We must never forget the heroism and sacrifice shown by Canadians on D-Day. Across the Atlantic, on that day, when the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Canadian Navy, and the Army fought together, the strength, unity, and determination of our nation were on full-display.
Let us never forget the loss and sacrifice of every Canadian who fought for freedom, democracy, and peace on that solemn and symbolic day, 75 years ago.