OTTAWA-The prime minister Justin Trudeau has welcomed Saturday the sacrifice of canadian soldiers, in addition to the 76e anniversary of the landing.
“We pay tribute to these soldiers who fought alongside allied forces, and to those who lost their lives during this battle, which proved decisive during the Second world War and which changed the course of the story,” he said in a press release, stating that due to the pandemic of COVID-19, the commemorative ceremonies will take place online this year.
Mr. Trudeau has invited Canadians to pay tribute “to the courage and sacrifices” of those who fought during the D-day landings and the battle of Normandy.
“Today, on the 76th anniversary of D-day and the battle of Normandy, we remember the brave Canadians and newfoundlanders who participated in it”, he added.
Recall that the June 6, 1944, more than 14,000 Canadians stormed Juno beach as part of the broader joint operation forces sea, air and land of the story.
With the soldiers of the allies, the Canadians broke through the German defences on the beaches of Normandy and opened a new western front in Europe”.
The minister of veterans affairs, Lawrence MacAulay, and the minister of national Defence, Harjit Sajjan, however, recalled that this victory was not won without a cost.
“Three hundred and fifty-nine canadian soldiers have been killed on 6 June 1944, and more than 5,000 Canadians lost their lives during the total duration of the battle of Normandy”, they added.