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Official Government of Canada delegation leaves Ottawa to attend commemorative ceremonies for the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in France.

Official Government of Canada delegation leaves Ottawa to attend commemorative ceremonies for the 75<sup>th</sup> anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in France.
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Jun 02, 2019

An official Government of Canada delegation departed from Ottawa on June 2, 2019, for France to attend commemorative ceremonies for the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. The delegation will be lead by the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence and includes D-Day and Battle of Normandy Veterans, representatives of Indigenous and Veteran Organizations, Canadian youth and parliamentarians. We recognize and remember the more than 90,000 Canadians who volunteered to serve our country and saw action in the Normandy Campaign.

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in Quebec City.

Commemorating the 75<sup>th</sup> anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in Quebec City.
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May 26, 2019

The combat boots made a stop in Quebec city for another departure ceremony. Quebecers of all ages came together at la Gare du Palais to pay tribute to those soldiers who traded in their every day civilian shoes in exchange for combat boots in the spirit of peace, freedom and democracy. The boots have symbolically reminded us all that Canadian soldiers travelled to Halifax by rail before crossing the Atlantic to serve during the Second World War.

Since March 29, the boots have been travelling on Via Rail Trains in preparation to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy on June 6, 2019. Veterans Affairs Canada—in partnership with VIA Rail Canada, Parks Canada and community organizations have hosted events in towns and cities across the country. The combat boots have been able to reach Canadians in various communities across the country spreading the flame of remembrance.

Québec welcomed D-Day Veteran Pierre André L’Heureux who shared his experience with the audience. His heart felt testament was an honour for all to witness. Accompanied by his family he let his guard down and opened up about the horrors of War.

The boots will soon make its last Canadian train stop in Halifax on June 3rd, 2019. One pair will continue its journey overseas.

If you have questions regarding domestic or overseas Government of Canada initiatives for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions - Canada page.

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in Charlottetown, PEI

Commemorating the 75<sup>th</sup> anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in Charlottetown, PEI
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May 23, 2019

On May 23, 2019, Veterans Affairs Canada—in partnership with VIA Rail Canada—held a ceremony at the Queen Charlotte Armoury in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

During the ceremony, the combat boot’s arrived with a Canadian Armed Forces escort and were provided a Canadian Armed Forces vigil for the duration of the ceremony.

Veterans, their families, Canadian Armed Forces members, youth and the general public joined the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, Her Honour the Honourable Antoinette Perry, Lieutenant-Governor of Prince Edward Island, The Honourable Dennis King, Premier of Prince Edward Island, parliamentarians, senators and his Worship Philip Brown, Mayor of Charlottetown, to participate in this journey of remembrance.

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Commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in Kingston, Ontario.

Commemorating the 75<sup>th</sup> anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in  Kingston, Ontario.
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May 18, 2019

The boots have arrived in Kingston, Ontario! Symbolically travelling on Canada’s train tracks in memory of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, the boots have certainly covered a lot of ground. Canadian have been able to pay tribute to D-Day Veterans who travelled to Halifax by rail before crossing the Atlantic to serve during the Second World War.

In the months leading up to the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy on June 6, 2019, Veterans Affairs Canada—in partnership with VIA Rail Canada, Parks Canada and community organizations—will hold events in towns and cities across the country.

Kingston proudly honoured Roland Armitage and Alexander Polowin, two D-Day Veterans who sat next to each other when they landed at Juno Beach 75 years ago! Unbelievably, they were seated next to each other at the D-Day Boots Ceremony. It was a heartfelt reunion that was witnessed by all in attendance.

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Commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorating the 75<sup>th</sup> anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in Toronto, Ontario.
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May 15, 2019

The combat boots made it’s stop at Toronto’s Union Station! On their commute home, Torontonians were able to take a moment to honour the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy as the Boots event was held in the West Wing of the Train Station for all to see. The hustle and bustle at Union Station did not weaken the meaningful presence of the boots. Guest Speaker LCol Frank Lamie, Commanding Officer of the Queen’s Own Rifles took the opportunity to inform the public that the boots are honouring all Canadian soldiers who travelled to Halifax by rail before crossing the Atlantic to serve during the Second World War. In the months leading up to the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy on June 6, 2019, Veterans Affairs Canada—in partnership with VIA Rail Canada, Parks Canada and community organizations—will hold events in towns and cities across the country. Toronto welcomed the Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada, The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay who spoke to the audience and took the opportunity to thank Second World War Veterans who served during D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. The Minister’s sentiments were indeed echoed throughout the station. Check out upcoming events in communities near you!

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Commemorating the 75<sup>th</sup> anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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May 08, 2019

All aboard in Winnipeg! Once again the combat boots have been symbolically travelling on Canada’s train tracks in memory of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. The boots are honouring all Canadian soldiers who travelled to Halifax by rail before crossing the Atlantic to serve during the Second World War.

In the months leading up to the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy on June 6, 2019, Veterans Affairs Canada—in partnership with VIA Rail Canada, Parks Canada and community organizations—will hold events in towns and cities across the country.

In Winnipeg we heard from D-Day Veteran Len van Roon who shared details about his experience. He even brought the boots he wore when he landed at Juno Beach. A journey he will never forget.

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Commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in Saskatoon, SK

Commemorating the 75<sup>th</sup> anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in Saskatoon, SK
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May 03, 2019

All aboard in Saskatoon! The combat boots joined the journey east from Saskatoon. The boots honour the Canadian soldiers who travelled to Halifax by rail before crossing the Atlantic to serve during the Second World War.

In the months leading up to the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy on June 6, 2019, Veterans Affairs Canada—in partnership with VIA Rail Canada, Parks Canada and community organizations—will hold events in towns and cities across the country.

In Saskatoon, students from Montgomery School were invited to take part in the event. They heard from Second World War Veteran Robert Atkinson who shared some of their experiences.

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Commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in Edmonton, AB

Commemorating the 75<sup>th</sup> anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in Edmonton, AB
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Apr 24, 2019

Over 3,000 kilometres travelled and the journey has just begun. In the months leading up to the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy on June 6, 2019, Veterans Affairs Canada—in partnership with VIA Rail Canada, Parks Canada and community organizations—will hold events in towns and cities across the country.

These events will highlight the journey that Canadian service members took during the Second World War, mainly via the rail lines to Halifax, from where they sailed across the Atlantic to join our Allies bravely fighting for freedom in Europe. Ceremonies will commemorate the many Canadians, from all walks of life, who sacrificed so much to defend peace and freedom during the conflict.

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Commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in Vancouver, BC

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in Vancouver, BC
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Mar 29, 2019

In the months leading-up to the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy on 6 June, 2019, Veterans Affairs Canada will partner with VIA Rail Canada, Parks Canada and community organisations to hold events in communities across Canada.

These events will highlight the journey that service members took across our country during the Second World War, mainly via the rail lines to Halifax, from where they sailed across the Atlantic to join our Allies bravely fighting for freedom in Europe.

As it stops across the country, from Vancouver to Halifax, a train will carry Combat Boots—as symbols of Canadians who took this journey and who served our country. Accompanying ceremonies will commemorate the Canadians, from all walks of life, who sacrificed so much to defend peace and freedom during the Second World War.

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, Veterans and honoured guests will launch community-based commemorative events across Canada and overseas honouring the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Veterans, their families, Canadian Armed Forces members, youth and the general public attended the launch event in Vancouver.

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