About the World War Commemorations
The year 2014 marks the centennial of the beginning of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War. From 2014 to 2020, Canada will mark the events, the battles, and the social conditions that shaped these wars.
These commemorations will highlight the sacrifices of those who took part in these wars and the role they played in shaping our national identity. They are also opportunities for Canadians to honour those who contributed to the Canada we know today.
The Government's Plans for the Commemorations
In August 2014, the Government of Canada launched its six year commemorative period to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the Second World War. These commemorations will encourage Canadians to understand more about the two world wars and pay tribute to those who contributed in shaping these defining chapters in our collective history.
As we move through the six-year commemorative period, more information will be released on the activities and initiatives that will take place at home and abroad. Major milestones during the period include, but are not limited to:
- Centennial of the start of the First World War, August 4, 2014
- 75th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, September 10, 2014
- Centennial of the writing of "In Flander's Field," spring 2015
- Centennial of the Battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel, 2016
- 75th anniversary of the Battle of Hong Kong, 2016
- Centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, 2017
- Centennial of the Battle of Passchendaele, 2017
- 75th anniversary of Dieppe Raid, 2017
- Centennial of Armistice Day, the end of the First World War, 2018
- 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, 2018
- 75th anniversary of the Battle of Normandy, 2019
- 75th anniversary of the Italian Campaign, 2019
- 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, 2020
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