Lest We Forget
On this day 70 years ago, 14,000 Canadian troops, including the First Canadian Army, the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force attacked the beaches of Normandy as part of an Allied force to secure a critical bridgehead for the Allied invasion. The battles for the beachhead were crucial for the success of “Operation Overlord”, the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe. In a few short hours, Canadians suffered 1074 casualties, including 359 killed. John Keegan, British historian who wrote Six Armies in Normandy, wrote the following about the Canadian 3rd Division on D-Day: “At the end of the day, its forward elements stood deeper into France than those of any other division. The opposition the Canadians faced was stronger than that of any other beach save Omaha. That was an accomplishment in which the whole nation could take considerable pride.”
On behalf of all members of The Royal Canadian Legion, today we honour and remember the brave men and women who fought for freedom and supported operations on this fateful day in Normandy. We remember the sacrifices of the families who lost loved ones that day, and who supported those who came home. We will forever be grateful for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country and freedom around the world. Lest We Forget.