“Tomorrow, we remember one of the darkest chapters in the Second World War – the Dieppe Raid.
“A pivotal moment in the Second World War, the Dieppe Raid occurred at a time when virtually all of Europe was under German occupation. The Raid offered important lessons that would assist Allies during the D-Day invasion two years later, saving countless lives.
“The raid on Dieppe was a devastating moment in the history of the Canadian Armed Forces. Of the nearly 5,000 brave Canadians who participated, less than half returned, many of whom were wounded. More than 1,900 of our finest were taken as prisoners of war and 913 made the ultimate sacrifice.
“As we mark this anniversary, we say thanks to the thousands of selfless Canadians who fought for our country on this solemn occasion. We also thank current members of the Canadian Armed Forces who continue to serve with great pride and distinction, upholding our most cherished values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law around the world.
“A series of commemorative ceremonies, including those at Canada Memorial Square, and the Pourville Memorial in France, the National War Memorial in Ottawa and in various communities across the country, will mark this important event in Canadian military history.
“Lest we forget.”