Feds help vets attend 70th anniversary of D-Day

Veteran Affairs Minister Julian Fantino shakes hands with 94-year-old veteran Russell Smith, 94, of...

Veteran Affairs Minister Julian Fantino shakes hands with 94-year-old veteran Russell Smith, 94, of Oshawa, who fought in Normandy in the Second World War. (JACK BOLAND, Toronto Sun)

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OSHAWA, Ont. -- Ottawa is putting up financial support to help veterans of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy go to France to take part in ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the major Second World War battles.

Veterans Affairs Canada is offering up to $2,000 to each eligible veteran who applies for travel assistance to attend commemorative events on June 6.

Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino said Canada's heroes will be well looked after by Ottawa and event organizers if they decide to travel to France.

"The success achieved in Normandy is a pivotal moment in Canadian history and is now deeply rooted in our national character," Fantino said Sunday at the Ontario Regiment RCAC Col. R.S. McLaughlin Armoury.


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