Mr. Speaker, today, May 8, is the anniversary of victory in Europe. Sixty-two years ago, Germany's unconditional surrender was announced. In an hour of victory tempered by sorrow, the war in Europe was over.
Today we honour those who made the supreme sacrifice and we honour the veterans of Canada.
From the San Francisco conference that founded the United Nations, Prime Minister Mackenzie King addressed the nation. He said:
--our fighting forces have written glorious pages of history for which Canada will remain forever in their debt....
--you have helped to rid the world of a great scourge. For all time it will be yours to claim a share in the triumph of right...you, one and all, are entitled to be numbered among the benefactors of mankind.
Today we recommit ourselves to that remembrance, knowing that the love of honour never grows old. For the sacrifice of Canadians in that terrible war, we shall forever be grateful, and we shall forever remember.