MP Ted Opitz Comments on the 68th Anniversary of D-Day
(OTTAWA, June 6, 2012) Today Ted Opitz, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke Centre, is commemorating D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II. Canada played a significant role on D-Day as our troops were tasked with securing a beach key to the Allied plan to liberate Europe from Nazi occupation.
On June 6, 1944, members of the Allied forces landed on the shores of Normandy, France. Canada’s participation consisted of 14,000 troops, landing on June Beach. They were supported by the Royal Canadian Navy, who contributed vessels and 10,000 sailors, as well as the Royal Canadian Air Force.
The attack began at 6 a.m. and within two hours, the Allied forces had fought their way through the opposition forces and advanced inland.
“Today we recognize and pay tribute to all of the men and women who served in the Canadian Army during D-Day and World War II,” Mr. Opitz stated. “Let us never forget the sacrifice they made to fight for Canada.”
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