70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy marked today

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OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is in France today marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
“It is an honour and a privilege to be in France today on D-Day with our veterans on the very beaches of Normandy where, 70 years ago, Canadian and Allied forces smashed through the German defences to help put an end to Nazi tyranny in Europe," he said.
“It is difficult to understand the courage it took to advance through minefields and barbed wire under fire from mortars and machine guns in order to punch through Hitler’s Atlantic Wall; and yet that is exactly what many Canadians did. It must be said that they received valiant support from the Royal Canadian Air Force airmen who helped take control of the skies over the beachhead, from members of the Royal Canadian Navy who rained fire on enemy defences, and from other Canadian soldiers who parachuted behind enemy lines to engage German strongholds."

He said the accomplishment of Canadian's during that battle is is a source of enormous national pride that Canadians played such a pivotal role in ensuring the success of the D-Day landings, one of the greatest battles of the Second World War and a turning point in the world’s history

Geographic location: Normandy

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