DGH community, take a moment today to reflect on and recognize the incredible sacrifice made by Canadians (and our Allies) during World War II. Today is the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day – which marked the official end of World War II in the European theatre. Out of a population of just 12 million, more than 1 million Canadians and Newfoundlanders (Newfoundland was not yet a part of Canada) served. Roughly 45 000 gave their lives. The freedoms we enjoy today are, in no small part, a direct result of the sacrifices of Canadians 75 years ago. We do not glorify war, but recognize the extraordinary efforts our citizens made.
Interested in learning more? Visit Canada’s Veterans Affairs website to learn about VE Day.
My family, like so many in our DGH community, had members who served. My grandfather served overseas, was shelled in Italy and spent more than a year in a military hospital. His brother, my great-uncle, served overseas and was killed in Holland only 2 months before the war ended. My grandfather is on the right and my great-uncle on the right. Take a moment today to learn about YOUR family’s history! This is how history is brought to life.