Paying Tribute on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Press Release

The following is a statement by Premier Stephen McNeil.

Today, June 6, marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, a pivotal event during the Second World War that ultimately led to the liberation of Europe.

Nova Scotian soldiers, including the North Nova Scotia Highlanders, were among more than 14,000 Canadians in the D-Day invasion on Juno Beach in 1944. They joined allies from the United States and United Kingdom as part of the largest seaborne invasion in history.

The rights and freedoms we enjoy today are the direct result of the courage our military personnel have shown in service to our country, and their bravery was paramount on that fateful day 75 years ago.

Nova Scotians, and Canadians, are rightfully proud of the role our soldiers played in Normandy. We will never forget their service and sacrifice.

As Premier and Minister Responsible for Military Relations, I want to thank our veterans and those who were lost in combat for their sacrifice for our province and our country.

The military has been - and continues to be - a vital part of our province. We pay tribute to our veterans and the many dedicated men and women who continue to serve our country.

Today, I encourage all Nova Scotians to pause and take time to honour and thank our veterans and our allies, for sacrificing so much to secure peace and freedom for us all.

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