Governor General to Take Part in D-Day Commemorations in France and in Nova Scotia

June 3, 2019 (UPDATED)

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will travel to France and Nova Scotia from June 3 to 6, 2019, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

The Governor General will travel to Normandy, France, where she will attend the unveiling of a monument dedicated to Canadians and a ceremony at the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian war cemetery. She will also attend a first light ceremony with members of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada. She will then return to Canada to attend the Canadian signature ceremony at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. These important commemorative events pay tribute to the sacrifices made by Canadians on D-Day and throughout the war.

Below is the Governor General’s detailed itinerary (listed in local times):

Tuesday, June 4
Chambois, France

3 p.m.
Unveiling of a Monument Dedicated to Canadians

Her Excellency will participate in the unveiling of a monument dedicated to the sacrifices made by Canadians during the Battle of Normandy.
Place du Donjon, Commune de Chambois, France
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA CONTACT: Françoise Prud’homme, 02-33-80-62-61, francoise.prodhomme@orne.gouv.fr

Wednesday, June 5
Bény-sur-Mer, France

4 p.m.
Ceremony at the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery Ceremony

The Governor General will participate in a ceremony at the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery which holds the graves of more than 2 000 Canadians who gave their lives during the landings in Normandy and during the early stages of the Battle of Normandy.
Canadian War Cemetery, D35, 14470 Reviers, France
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA CONTACT: Mylène Croteau, 613-297-6691,
vac.media-medias.acc@canada.ca

7 p.m.
Juno75 Gala

Her Excellency will attend the Juno75 Gala hosted by the Juno Beach Centre Association. The Gala will honour the memory, sacrifice and courage of the 90 000 Canadians who served in Normandy during the summer of 1944. General Jonathan H. Vance, Canadian Chief of the Defence Staff, will deliver the keynote address on this occasion.
Domaine de la Baronnie, 8 de la Baronnerie Street, Bretteville-sur-Odon, France
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Murray, 416-565-2954, lisadmurray@yahoo.ca

Thursday, June 6
Bény-sur-Mer, France

8 a.m.
Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada First Light Ceremony

The Governor General will attend a ceremony in Bernières-sur-Mer to honour the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada. The time of the ceremony reflects the time that the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada arrived in Normandy 75 years ago.

Founded on April 26, 1860, the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada is the oldest continuously serving infantry regiment in Canada. For more information, visit www.queensownrifles.com/.
Maison des canadiens, 32 des français Promenade, Bernières-sur-Mer
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA CONTACT: Scott Moody, 647-998-0702, scottddam@gmail.com

Thursday, June 6
Halifax, Nova Scotia

2:30 p.m.
Ceremony at the Willow Park Armoury

Her Excellency will attend the commemorative ceremony at the Willow Park Armoury. This meaningful location represents the end of the train journey across Canada and the departure point for many of our soldiers heading to war.
Willow Park Armoury, 3225, Husky Ave.
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA CONTACT: Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468,
vac.media-medias.acc@canada.ca

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Media wishing to obtain photos of the visit can contact the Rideau Hall Press Office.
This itinerary is subject to change without notice.
To obtain the latest updates, please visit gg.ca

 

Media information:

In France
Natalie Babin Dufresne
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-324-0304 (cell)
natalie.babindufresne@gg.ca

In Canada
Valérie Gervais
Press Secretary for the Governor General
613-697-9304 (cell)
valerie.gervais@gg.ca

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