“On August 14, 1945, Japan surrendered unconditionally, marking the end of World War II.

“The war in the Pacific was intense as Canada and its allies made great sacrifices to restore peace and security around the globe.

“For those back home in Canada, the end of the war was a huge relief and reunited loved ones who were a part for so long.

“While this was a time of happiness for many, it was also a time for reflection and remembrance.

“In total, 1.1 million Canadians served in the military during World War II. Sadly, 42,000 troops were killed and 55,000 were wounded. Countless others were traumatized.

“To the soldiers that returned but were never the same, to the families who lost a loved one, and to the soldiers and civilians who lost their lives—we will always remember and appreciate your sacrifices.

“Lest We Forget.”