“It’s been a lifetime since the Normandy landings of June 6, 1944, but the bravery of all the Canadian men and women who served on that fateful day is imperishable.

“Through their efforts, the biggest seaborne invasion in history proved a success. The Allies established a decisive beachhead in France and less than a year later, after more sacrifices and bloodshed, they crushed the Nazi occupation and ended the war in Europe.

“However, this triumph did come at a great human cost. Almost 350 Canadians soldiers gave their lives to secure victory on D-Day – a reality that reminds us that freedom is never free.

“It is up to us to stay true to the lessons of D-Day. We cannot hesitate to confront evil, even when doing so requires courage as vast as the danger itself.

“We owe it to the survivors and the legions of the fallen to defend the inheritance they left us.

“Today we pause and remember all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so many could enjoy peace, freedom and love with their families.

“Lest we forget.”