Canada’s Premiers Support Recognition of D-Day Landing Beaches as UNESCO World Heritage Site

November 10, 2014

On June 6, 2014 Canadians, veterans, and thousands of youth from across the country participated in international commemorations in France on the 70th anniversary of D- Day, which took place on the beaches of Normandy and marked a significant turning point in the Second World War.

In appreciation of these accomplishments and to preserve their memory, Premiers have endorsed the initiative of the Basse-Normandie government to have the D-Day Landing Beaches recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The World Heritage recognition would classify the D-Day Landing Beaches as a site of Outstanding Universal Value to humanity. This designation refers to a cultural significance that transcends national boundaries and is of shared importance for present and future generations.

At this time of year, we pay special tribute to all those in uniform and others who fearlessly defend our country. Recent events in our nation’s capital and in Quebec serve as a reminder that the precious freedoms we all enjoy must never be taken for granted. Canadians will forever be in gratitude for the contributions and sacrifices made by the men and women who have served and continue to serve valiantly during times of conflict and to preserve peace at home and around the world.

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Guy Gallant
Office of the Premier
Prince Edward Island
(902) 368-4400