Services mark 70th anniversary of Dieppe raid
World War II veteran Arthur Rossell, who is returning to Dieppe to mark the 70th anniversary of the ill-fated raid, poses for a photo in Ottawa on Thursday, August 16, 2012. (The Canadian Press/ Patrick Doyle)
Published Sunday, August 19, 2012 9:44AM EDT
DIEPPE, France -- Commemorative ceremonies today are marking the 70th anniversary of the Dieppe raid during the Second World War.
Thousands of people turned out in the French coastal town for events marking the raid on Aug. 19, 1942, which turned out to be a disaster.
Over 900 Canadians who spearheaded the mission in northwest France were killed, and nearly 2,500 others were wounded or taken prisoner.
Seven veterans, all in their 90's, are part of the Canadian delegation.
The Canadians have been joined by French military and government officials.
Canadian Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney says with thousands turning out, it's been very emotional.
"It goes to you heart," Blaney said.
"I'm speechless ... and overwhelmed by the emotion we can feel here in Dieppe today."