Journey across Canada

To mark the 75th anniversary of D Day and the Battle of Normandy, Veterans Affairs Canada has partnered with VIA Rail Canada, Parks Canada, the Canadian Armed Forces and community organizations to hold events in communities across Canada.

The journey of remembrance began in March, when a pair of combat boots—representing the Canadians who traded in their civilian shoes for combat boots to serve in the Second World War—was placed on a VIA Rail train in Vancouver, bound for the east coast. Since then, more combat boots made their eastbound train journey across Canada.

After visiting more than 17 communities and travelling over 5,000 kilometres, the boots are arriving at their destination—Halifax, Nova Scotia. Check out the event image galleries.

Join us in Halifax!

5:30 P.M.

VIA Rail Station Halifax

June 5, 2019

Wreath-laying Ceremony

10:30 A.M.

Halifax Memorial, Point Pleasant Park

June 6 and other events

On June 6, the Government of Canada will host a signature event at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.

  • April 2 – Churchill, MB
  • April 24 – Edmonton, AB
  • April 30 – Jasper, AB
  • May 3 – Saskatoon, SK
  • May 8 – Winnipeg, MB
  • May 15 – Toronto, ON
  • May 17 – Victoria, BC*
  • May 18 – Kingston, ON
  • May 23 - Corner Brook, NL*
  • May 23 – Charlottetown, PE*
  • May 26 – Québec City, QC
  • June 2 – Moncton, NB
  • June 3 – Halifax, NS

* Commemorative event will include the Combat Boots but not a train (as train tracks do not go to there!).

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

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

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2019-11-01 00:00:00.0 November 1, 2019 Ted Barris - Juno Canadians at D-Day presented by the Manitoba Chapter of CAHS Winnipeg, MB
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