75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

June 06, 2019

This year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

D-Day and the ensuing Battle of Normandy was one of Canada’s most significant military engagements of the 20th century.

On June 6, 1944, some 14,000 Canadians stormed the beaches of Normandy with Allied troops to breach Nazi Germany’s “Fortress Europe.” On that day—known as D-Day—three hundred and fifty-nine (359) Canadian soldiers were killed. On August 25, 1944, the Allies liberated Paris, officially ending the Battle of Normandy. More than 5,000 brave Canadians died—and more than 13,000 were wounded—during this campaign, which helped to end the Second World War.

We live in a country strong and free thanks to those who fought selflessly to achieve peace.

Let us remember all the brave Canadians and allied forces who courageously served to defend our freedom, democracy and rule of law.

Let us never forget their sacrifice.