Vancouver — Premier Gordon Campbell issued the following statement to mark tomorrow’s 64th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy:
«The Allied assault on Normandy 64 years ago today was a decisive turning point in World War II. Canadian veterans made a critical contribution to the success of D-Day, and for that we thank them.
«Fifteen thousand Canadian soldiers stormed Juno Beach on June 6, 1944. They left behind their homes, their loved ones and their friends to fight overseas in defence of liberty. Some did not return. In the space of that single day, 340 Canadians died in the fighting.
«Their sacrifice, and the sacrifices of all the men and women who served, and continue to serve today, on behalf of Canada, made possible the free society we all enjoy.
«On this anniversary, it’s important we all pause to reflect on the debt we owe to our veterans and to the men and women who serve in the Canadian Armed Forces today.»
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