Betty Hinton, MP Masthead
Member of Parliament for Kamloops Thompson Cariboo
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 4, 2003

Canadians Encouraged to Recognize D-Day

Ottawa –MP Betty Hinton (Kamloops Thompson and Highand Valleys) encouraged all Canadians to recognize the official opening of the Juno Beach Centre in Courseulles-sur-Mer, France on the 59th Anniversary of D-Day Friday, June 6th.

This year will hold special significance for Second World War Veterans and their families with the long-awaited unveiling of the Juno Beach Centre at the site of one of the main Canadian landing areas in Normandy:

Declaring this June 6 - which coincides with the 59th Anniversary of D-Day and the start of the Normandy Campaign - as a day of recognition acknowledges the dream of the members of the Juno Beach Association.

Visitors to the Juno Beach Centre will be able to learn about the role Canada played in other Second World War theatres such as Hong Kong and Italy, and about the war effort on the home front. Approximately 1,000 Veterans are expected to attend the June 6th opening. All three of Canada’s services - the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Canadian Navy, and the Army - along with the Merchant Navy, participated in or supported the D-Day landings. The fighting June 6th claimed 340 Canadians. In all, more than 5,000 Canadians gave their lives in the Normandy Campaign.

I ask all Canadians to pause and reflect. Let us honour those brave individuals - those who died in the battlefields, those who returned and those who toiled on the home front. Let us remember that they served with valour so that we - our children and our children’s children - might live in freedom and in peace. They helped shape our nation. We owe them our never-ending gratitude. We should carry forward their stories - their love of Canada and her values.
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