Message of Remembrance for the 80th Anniversary of D-Day

Today, we gather in solemn remembrance and profound gratitude as we mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, a pivotal moment in our shared history. On this day, eighty years ago, brave soldiers from Canada, alongside their Allied brothers and sisters, stormed the beaches of Normandy in a courageous and determined effort to restore peace and freedom to a world gripped by tyranny.

The sacrifices made by those who served on D-Day were immense. Many left their homes, families, and futures behind, knowing that their mission was of the utmost importance. Their valour, dedication, and unwavering resolve exemplified the very best of the human spirit. They faced unimaginable challenges and dangers, yet they pressed on with a steadfast commitment to liberty and justice.

As we reflect on the events of June 6, 1944, we honour the memory of those who gave their lives in the pursuit of a better world. We remember the soldiers who fought valiantly on the front lines, the medics who tended to the wounded with compassion, and the countless others who supported the war effort from afar. Each played a vital role in the success of the D-Day operation and in the ultimate victory of the Allied forces.

Their legacy is one of courage and sacrifice, a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit. It is our duty to ensure that their stories are never forgotten, that their sacrifices continue to inspire future generations. As Canadians, we take pride in the contributions our nation made to this historic day and to the broader efforts of World War II.

Let us also remember that the freedoms and peace we enjoy today are hard-won gifts, paid for with the blood, sweat, and tears of those who came before us. It is our responsibility to cherish and uphold these values, to strive for a world where such sacrifices are never again required. Today, we bow our heads in gratitude and remembrance. We honour the heroes of D-Day and reaffirm our commitment to peace, freedom, and justice for all.

Lest we forget.