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Prime Minister Trudeau to Attend 80th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy

Ottawa, Ontario – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced his plans to travel to Normandy, France, to participate in commemorative events marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. This historic visit will take place from June 5 to 6, 2024, and will honor the bravery and sacrifice of the more than 14,000 Canadian soldiers who stormed Juno Beach on June 6, 1944.

Commemorating Canadian Heroism

The D-Day invasion was the largest combined military operation in history, and Canadian troops played a crucial role in its success. Despite the heavy toll, with over 5,000 Canadian soldiers killed and thousands more injured, their efforts were instrumental in the Allied victory in Europe. The Battle of Normandy remains a defining moment for Canada, symbolizing the nation’s commitment to defending freedom, liberty, and democracy.

Prime Minister Trudeau emphasized the importance of remembering these acts of valor and ensuring that the stories of these brave soldiers are passed down to future generations. “On D-Day, we remember the 14,000 Canadian troops who stormed the beaches of Normandy in defence of freedom and liberty. They fought heroically; they helped liberate Europe; and they changed the course of history. This milestone 80th anniversary is an important opportunity to share their stories, commemorate their bravery, and pay tribute to their immeasurable service, sacrifice, and legacy,” said Trudeau.

Delegation to Normandy

The Canadian delegation accompanying Prime Minister Trudeau will include the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, along with veterans, representatives from Indigenous and veterans organizations, and parliamentarians. The delegation will participate in various events to honor the Canadian soldiers who fought and died in the Battle of Normandy.

Historical Significance

On June 6, 1944, Allied forces launched the D-Day invasion, crossing the English Channel to reach an 80-kilometre stretch of the Normandy coast. The Canadian troops were assigned to Juno Beach, one of five landing zones that included Gold Beach (United Kingdom), Sword Beach (United Kingdom and France), Utah Beach, and Omaha Beach (United States). The successful invasion led to the liberation of Paris on August 25, 1944, marking the end of the Battle of Normandy.

Remembering the Fallen

During World War II, over 45,000 Canadians lost their lives, with more than 5,000 killed during the Battle of Normandy alone, including 359 soldiers on D-Day. The sacrifices made by these soldiers have laid the foundation for the modern rules-based international order that has since underpinned global peace and prosperity.

Honoring Their Legacy

As Canada marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day, it reaffirms its commitment to honoring the legacy of those who served and sacrificed for peace and freedom. The commemorative events in Normandy will serve as a poignant reminder of the courage and resilience of Canadian soldiers and the enduring impact of their contributions to the Allied victory in World War II.

For more updates and coverage of the Prime Minister’s visit to Normandy, stay tuned to GTA Today.

Alwin Marshall-Squire

Alwin Marshall-Squire is the Editor-in-Chief of GTA Today and serves as the Parliament Hill Reporter covering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. With a commitment to accurate and timely news coverage, Marshall-Squire brings depth and insight to the forefront of Canadian journalism. For feedback, reach out at

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