Countess of Wessex Honors Veterans at D-Day Ceremony

  June 6, 2009 at 10:01 pm by

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During day 2 of her Canadian visit, Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Countess of Wessex, visited with World War II veterans at the an event honoring the 65th anniversary of D-Day at the Military Museum in Calgary.

The Countess is currently visiting Canada with her husband, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex. She has been busy with engagements of her own, including today’s event at the museum, which was attended by over 600 people, according to CTV.ca.

Despite stating that she has only recently learned of Canada’s role in D-Day, the Countess said that “Canada’s role in the invasion will never be forgotten”. In addition to the D-Day ceremony, the Countess also participated in a ceremony honoring the expansion of the museum, which now honors Canada’s military participation in Afghanistan. According to an article in the Calgary Sun, the Countess was visibly moved by the ceremony, and further stated that “commemorations just as these remind us of just how small our world really is-while we recall the important events of the past, I find my mind turn to the present where we are standing shoulder to shoulder once again in an effort to secure peace and stability in troubled places”.

Immediately after the ceremony, the guests and the Countess were invited to a royal tea.

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