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70th Anniversary of D-Day and Battle of Normandy

June 5, 2014

Governor General of Canada to Mark the 70th Anniversary of D-Day
and the Battle of Normandy at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum 

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will mark the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy by taking part in a ceremony of remembrance on Friday, June 6, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, in Ottawa. 

During the ceremony, the Governor General will receive military honours. He will also inspect the guard of honour, and address veterans, dignitaries and members of the public. His Excellency will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the addition of a Hawker Typhoon aircraft to the Museum’s Second World War exhibition. This artifact is the last remaining original and complete Typhoon in the world and is on loan from the Royal Air Force Museum in London, England. 

On behalf of the people of Canada, Their Excellencies will then lay a wreath in memory of the more than 5 000 Canadians who sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom. 

The events commemorating D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in the nation’s capital are coordinated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, in collaboration with other federal departments and veterans groups. They will include the participation of veterans, youth and members of the Canadian Armed Forces. For more information, visit www.veterans.gc.ca.

 

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Media wishing to attend the event must contact
Veterans Affairs Canada Media Relations.
 

Media information:

Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-0287
marie-eve.letourneau@gg.ca 

Veterans Affairs Canada
Media Relations Advisor
613-992-7468

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