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Hitch your wagon to a star

August 15, 2010: Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper released the following statement today to mark the 65th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in the Far East:

"On this day 65 years ago, Japan surrendered to allied forces and Victory in the Far East (VJ-Day) was declared.

"Today we remember the courage and sacrifice of our brave veterans who served with such distinction in the Far East Campaign - the longest campaign of WWII.

"Over 10,000 Canadians fought against Japanese troops in this campaign in such far away places as Hong Kong and Burma. They fought to defend the values that all Canadians cherish: freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Many made the ultimate sacrifice.

"In that same spirit and tradition we also remember the current generation of brave men and women in uniform who continue to defend the very same time-honoured Canadian values around the world, including in Afghanistan, Haiti and Sudan.

"On this important anniversary, I encourage all Canadians to reflect on the invaluable contributions made by our courageous fellow citizens who have taken up arms in Canada's service.

"Lest we forget."

The Prime Minister's Office - Communications

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