Canada readies for 70th anniversary of D-Day

German prisoners-of-war march along Juno Beach landing area to a ship taking them to England after...

German prisoners-of-war march along Juno Beach landing area to a ship taking them to England after they were captured by Canadian troops at Bernieres Sur Mer, France on June 6, 1944 as allied soldiers descended on the beaches of Normandy for D-Day — an operation that turned the tide of the Second World War against the Nazis, marking the beginning of the end of the conflict. (National Archives of Canada photo)

Simon Kent, Special to the Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 2:06 PM ET

Europe will pause Friday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

The great and the good of politics will gather in Normandy for the occasion. So too the public and the remaining veterans who were part of Operation Overlord.

They will remember those who made the supreme sacrifice on June 6, 1944 fighting in the largest Allied operation of the Second World War.

Canada will be there.

This country’s contribution to the first day of the liberation of Europe started in 1943 when the planning for D-Day began at the Quebec Conference in Canada. What followed remains a signal example of the results that can be achieved when the feat of arms meets uncommon Canadian valour.

Just before sunrise on D-Day, 230 heavy bombers from RCAF No. 6 Group attacked German shore batteries with 860 tons of bombs. As they did, more than 450 Canadians parachuted inland and engaged the enemy.


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