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June 6, 2006
Large gathering for D-Day commemoration on Nathan Phillips Square
The City of Toronto commemorated the 62nd anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy with a solemn event at City Hall’s Nathan Phillips Square today. On this date 62 years ago - June 6, 1944 - Canada took part in the D-Day invasion that marked the beginning of the liberation of France, Belgium, Holland and Denmark during the Second World War.

Mayor David Miller welcomed veterans and the public - including many students - to the event. He concluded his comments about the Battle of Normandy by officially proclaiming “Toronto Remembers D-Day, June 6, 2006.” Mayor Miller presented the proclamation to D-Day veteran Joe Oggy of the Queen’s Own Rifles, who, as the keynote speaker, described his experience at the Normandy landing 62 years ago.

Among the many other veterans participating in the mid-day event were George Keddy, a D-Day veteran and senior member of the Toronto Civic Honour Guard, who escorted the mayor to and from the stage; Leo Leach, a senior officer with Toronto EMS Honour Guard, who sang O Canada; Rudy Jaeger, the parade marshall, who delivered the Act of Remembrance following Reveille; and Janet Watt, a member of the WREN Association of Toronto who, with Leo Leach, sang a selection of Second World War era songs leading up to the formal ceremony (accompanied by William O’Hara on piano). Janet Watt later sang God Save the Queen to conclude the event. Bugler Nigel Soper performed as a soloist during the ceremony.

Participating honour guards and bands included the Toronto Civic Honour Guard, Toronto Police Ceremonial Unit, Toronto Firefighters’ War Veterans’ Colour Guard, Toronto Emergency Medical Services Honour Guard, Toronto Transit Commission Supervisory Honour Guard, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Navy, Army, Airforce Veterans of Canada, the Naval Club of Toronto, the WREN Association of Toronto, the Toronto Police Pipe Band and the Toronto Fire Services Pipes and Drums.

Another feature of the well-attended event was a display of historic photographs and military memorabilia.

Media contact:

Nancy MacSween
Senior Protocol Officer
City Clerk’s Office



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