Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the NDP, I am privileged to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
Gratitude certainly shapes Windsor and Essex county. On the waterfront are monuments to lives and moments that shaped our country.
D-Day is a culmination of stories, acts of bravery and sacrifice, like the battle of Dieppe, which took many sons from the Essex Scottish Regiment of Windsor either to their grave or to a POW camp. The allies learned lessons from Dieppe, so the victory of D-Day is owed to all who suffered.
Our factories retooled quickly so that they could make artillery, and it was the women at home who did the job. The Canadian Historical Aircraft Association next to Windsor airport once housed No. 7 Elementary Flying Training School. Windsor pilot, Captain Tommy Brannagan, flew his famed Spitfire against the Nazis and today the terminal at Windsor airport is named after him. It is the Windsor Spitfires who take to the ice and pay tribute every day.
Our Legions preserve, keep and share these stories, and that is the most cherished tribute of all.