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Various Canadian Armed Forces regiments marched to the newly named commemorative Parc de Dieppe.
Various Canadian Armed Forces regiments marched to the newly named commemorative Parc de Dieppe.

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On August 19, 1942, the Dieppe Raid took the lives of hundreds of Canadian military members. Almost 5 000 Canadian soldiers came ashore along the heavily defended coast of France alongside British and American troops.

“I am proud to be part of this special celebration in memory of the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid in France, by inaugurating this park,” said Brigadier-General Hercule Gosselin, Commander 2nd Canadian Division/Joint Task Force (East). “This is an amazing occasion to celebrate the courage and determination of the exceptional Canadians that participated in the tragic events of 1942,”

To mark the 75th anniversary of the raid, Canadians came together in Canada and in France to remember them. Several visitors attended the commemorative ceremonies at the Square du Canada in Dieppe, France, while in Montréal, a Canadian contingent composed of the various active regiments that participated in the operation, including the Fusiliers Mont-Royal and The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) held a commemorative ceremony to honour the efforts and sacrifice of all the Canadians who took part in the Dieppe Raid by changing the name of Parc de la Cité-du-Havre to Parc de Dieppe.

“In this magnificent park, I am pleased to say that the Dieppe Raid still inspires our military members to serve Canada with the same engagement and bravery that were validated by soldiers who took part in this battle in 1942,” said BGen Gosselin.

The brave soldiers that fought in the Dieppe Raid were part of a contingent of more than one million Canadians who served valiantly during the Second World War. The courage these men and women demonstrated ultimately contributed to the allied victory.

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