MP Earl Dreeshen Marks 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe
OTTAWA – Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer today encourages all Canadians to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (V-E) Day.
From 1939 to 1945, more than one million Canadians joined Allied forces on land, at sea and in the air to help bring about a hard won victory. Of those brave men and women, more than 45,000 sacrificed their lives and another 55,000 were wounded. A final push toward ending Nazi occupation involved the Liberation of the Netherlands, in which Canadians played a vital role. This monumental event helped lead to victory in Europe and the end of the Second World War.
Seventy years ago, Canadians celebrated news of Allied victory in Europe. Each year, the Government of Canada helps Canadians remember and understand the significance of important military milestones, including V-E Day, and honour the individuals whose tremendous sacrifices made these achievements possible.
To mark this important anniversary, communities across the country have organized V-E Day ceremonies, parades, marches, and other commemorative gatherings.
- On May 5, 1945, Lieutenant-General Charles Foulkes accepted the surrender of German troops in the Netherlands, in the town of Wageningen. The formal surrender of all German forces in Europe was signed on May 7, 1945, at Reims in France.
- May 8, 1945, was declared Victory in Europe (V-E) Day, marking the official end of the Second World War in Europe.
- More than one million Canadians served during the Second World War.
- Despite its small population at the time of some 11 million, Canada was to become a significant military power, emerging with greater responsibilities as a member of the world community.
- In 2014, Canada marked the centennial of the beginning of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War. From 2014 to 2020, Canada will mark the events, battles and social conditions that shaped these wars.
“Seventy years ago, brave Canadians fought to help liberate Europe and bring an end to the Second World War. In the process, they forged a special bond with the people of Europe that remains the cornerstone of the strong friendship between our countries. This week we honour the remarkable service and sacrifices of our Veterans and war dead, and we celebrate the freedom these sacrifices secured. Lest we forget.”
The Honourable Erin O’Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs
“We owe a great debt to the men and women who served and sacrificed for our country—one that we repay through acts of remembrance and tributes of honour. Victory in Europe Day serves as a powerful reminder of the great debt we owe our Veterans and those who gave their lives.”
Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer