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D-Day stamp commemorates Canadians’ sacrifice

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Canada Post is about to release a new commemorative stamp to mark the 60th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy during World War II. The stamp, created as a tribute to the memory of all those who fought in the battle of Normandy, will be available starting Sunday, exactly 60 years after the historic invasion.

On June 6, 1944, more than 15,000 Canadian soldiers landed on Juno Beach as part of a bold operation that marked the beginning of the end of the war. Canadian troops constituted one-fifth of total Allied forces involved.

While D-Day marked the turning point, the war would officially last another 332 days.

In addition to the 15,000 troops landing by water, an additional 450 soldiers parachuted behind the beaches, while 10,000 sailors of the Royal Canadian Navy were standing by in 110 ships of all sizes.

By the end of the day, Canadian casualties numbered more than 1,000, with nearly 400 dead. At the end of the Normandy campaign, more than 5,000 Canadians had given their lives.

The commemorative stamp was designed by Derwyn Goodall, based on a painting, "D-Day, The Assault," by Orville Fisher. The painting shown on the stamp hangs in the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

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