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September 15, 2006
Media Advisory: Toronto firefighters join largest military parade since Second World War
The Toronto Fire Services’ Pipes and Drums, the Toronto Fire Fighters War Veterans’ Association Colour Party, and many Toronto Fire members will march 5 km with 3,000 Canadian Regular Forces and Reserves from across Ontario to honour a Veterans’ Memorial Unveiling at Queen’s Park.

Date: Sunday, September 17
Time: Noon to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Parade starts at Fort York Armoury, 660 Fleet St., and ends at Queen’s Park

The parade will depart from Fort York Armoury at noon, marching north on Fort York Blvd. to Bathurst St., up Bathurst St. to Front St., east on Front St. to University Ave., and up University Ave. to College St.

A March Past and Salute will be taken by His Honour James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and will commence at 2 p.m., across the South Drive of the Legislature.

Following one of the largest military parades in Toronto’s history, a Veterans’ Memorial wall will be unveiled by numerous veterans and dignitaries, including the Honourable James K. Bartleman; the Premier of Ontario, the Honourable Dalton McGuinty; the Minister of Government Services, the Honourable Gerry Phillips; the Minister Responsible for Seniors, the Honourable Jim Bradley; retired Major General Richard Rohmer; and a Senior Command Officer of the Canadian Armed Forces.

The Veterans’ Memorial, which is located on the northwest section of the lawn of Queen’s Park, consists of a 30-metre-long granite wall etched with scenes from Canada’s military history and inscribed with text. The memorial also features a stone-paved gathering area, a seating area, paths and a gently sloping lawn.

The public is encouraged to join the ceremony honouring Canada’s military veterans for the sacrifices they have made, and continue to make, to protect our peace and freedom.

For more information about the ceremony honouring Canada’s military veterans, visit

Media contact:
Mike Strapko, Acting District Chief, Toronto Fire Services, TFS Media line, 416-338-0044



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