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January 7, 2020 – 41st Victory Day of Cambodia

It is with a deep sense of reverence that I observe with you the occasion of the 41st Victory Day of Cambodia.

January 7th, 1979 marked the end of the Khmer Rouge’s regime over Cambodia, then renamed as Democratic Kampuchea by leaders of the Khmer Rouge. Over the course of 4 years, an estimated twenty-five percent of the Cambodian population was murdered under the Khmer Rouge’s regime. With the aid of Vietnamese forces, the Khmer Rouge regime finally fell in 1979.

 

In observance of Victory Day, large scale celebrations typically take place in the Capital City of Phnom Penh. Cultural exhibitions are held to commemorate the millions of lives lost during the genocide.

 

As Canadian Cambodians across the country commemorate this occasion, it is important for us to remember the lessons of history and uphold the values Canadians hold dear – peace, freedom, democracy and respect. In so doing, we will develop a deeper understanding of our duty and responsibility to our fellow man to ensure that we live in peace and harmony.

 

This is a day we solemnly acknowledge that we must work toward a more just and tolerant future for all mankind.