VICTORIA (June 6, 2018) – West Vancouver-Capilano MLA Ralph Sultan released the following statement on the 74th Anniversary of D-Day:
“Every year, the anniversary of D-Day serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by Allied nations in protecting the freedoms we cherish today. June 6 happens to be my birthday – and also happens to be the day in 1944, D-Day. World War II memories are fading rapidly, but for me, just finishing Grade 5 at Florence Nightingale School in Mt. Pleasant, memories of that period are still vivid. My three brothers were serving in the RCAF – exactly where, we were never quite sure. My sister’s new husband would soon be fighting on the ground in Holland. Another sister’s fiancée was dodging torpedoes in the Merchant Marine.”
“While it was but one operation in a war of thousands of battles and skirmishes over many years, the Allied invasion of Normandy has long captured the imaginations of those who were alive while it happened. I recall that our Mt. Pleasant neighbourhood in 1944 taken over by hundreds of shipyard workers employed on False Creek and North Vancouver, sleeping in people’s living rooms and spare bedrooms vacated by sons and daughters shipped overseas to fight a war.”
“150,000 Allied troops took part in the original invasion force, of which 14,000 were Canadians. The casualties suffered by Canada that day, and in remainder of the war, touched every community in our country. For cities and towns across Canada, a constant reminder of the horrors of war and the sacrifices necessary for peace.
“As time goes on and the Second World War slips from living memory, deeper into the past, we must remain firm in our conviction to remember such crucial moments in our history.
“To those who fought, and to the loved ones who remember them, their victory, and their sacrifice: We thank you, and we remember you.”