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70th Anniversary of D-Day

HMCS Haida National Historic Site
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Parks Canada commemorates the 70th anniversary of D-Day

HMCS Haida NHS offers a glimpse into the 1940s and hosts a weekend of dynamic activities.

June 6th marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. HMCS Haida, a Tribal Class destroyer built in England, was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943 and served in many theatres of operation through the Second World War. She is one of only a handful of Canadian sites to witness first-hand the historic events of the War.

HMCS Haida is honouring the anniversary of D-Day on Friday, June 6, 2014, in the afternoon (1-5 p.m.). This is an open invitation to Canadians to join us in remembering D-Day.

June 7 highlights include a menu of special activities not to be missed!

  • Wander through Second World War period vehicles on display, including a Sherman tank.
  • Enjoy family-friendly activities hosted by our staff aboard and onshore such as tattooing, crafts and learning Morse code.
  • Experience veterans sharing stories of the war and other feature presentations.
  • In the evening, fill your senses with the stirring sights and lively sounds of a swing band and a visually impressive light and sound show.

Quick Facts

  • HMCS Haida is the last remaining Tribal Class destroyer in the world.
  • HMCS Haida in 2007 was ‘twinned’ to sister ship ORP Blyskawica and is well-regarded by the Polish community.
  • The ship is also recognized as a symbol of Canadian courage by the Korean community for her contributions during the Korean War.
  • HMCS Haida earned the unique distinction of being ‘Canada’s most fightingest ship’.

Media Contact

Theresa Paris
Communications Officer
Parks Canada
905-308-8954

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For further information on our special events:

HMCS Haida – Special Events