Proclamation: "WHEREAS this year marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, a day when the greatest combined military force in history consisting of Canadian and Allied forces invaded Western Europe. This day gave rise to a major change in the course of the Second World War and the liberation of Europe with the storming of the beaches of Normandy.
On June 6, Operation Overlord began before dawn. Under the dark of night, massive fleets of allied navies were brought in strategically from Britain, setting the stage for a crucial battle. The responsibility handed to Canadian forces, as part of Britain's Second Army, was to capture Juno Beach, one of five beaches targeted by the Allied forces."