Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger is leading a delegation to France this week to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
Nearly 90 Manitobans, including five Manitoba veterans who fought at Juno Beach, will make the trip. D-Day ceremonies will be marked by veterans and dignitaries from around the world on June 6 at Juno Beach.
“It is an honour to have the opportunity to attend the D-Day commemoration with Manitobans who were there fighting for the freedoms we enjoy today,” Selinger said on Sunday. “Seventy years later it is as important as ever to remember those who lost their lives and those who fought so bravely. It is an important part of our identity as Manitobans and as Canadians.”
While there, Selinger will attend a number of events in Normandy to honour and remember those who fought and those who died in the Second World War including ceremonies with Manitoba veterans and an international commemoration ceremony with world leaders including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II.