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June 6, 2013
City of Toronto commemorates D-Day on Nathan Phillips Square
The City of Toronto commemorated the 69th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy at Nathan Phillips Square today. On June 6, 1944, Canada took part in the D-Day invasion that marked the beginning of the liberation of France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark during the Second World War.

Mayor Rob Ford welcomed veterans and the public to the event and officially proclaimed
Toronto Remembers D-Day, June 6, 2013. Mayor Ford then presented the proclamation to D-Day veteran and keynote speaker Weldon Clark, who served in the Sherbrooke Fusilier Regiment (2nd Armoured Brigade).

"There may be fewer veterans than in years past, but our pride in them is as strong as it ever was," said Mayor Ford.

Among the veterans participating in today’s event were Janet Watt of the Wren Association of Toronto and Leo Leach of the Toronto EMS Honour Guard. Watt and Leach sang a selection of Second World War era songs before the formal ceremony, then Leach sang, O Canada and Watt later sang God Save the Queen. Kevin Frankish, co-host of BT-Breakfast Television acted as master of ceremonies.

Participating honour guards and bands included the Toronto Civic Honour Guard, Toronto Police Service Chief's Ceremonial Unit, Toronto Firefighters’ War Veterans Colour Guard, Toronto Emergency Medical Services Honour Guard, Toronto Transit Commission Supervisory Honour Guard, Canadian Armed Forces, Her Majesty's Canadian Ship York, 32nd Brigade Group, Royal Canadian Legion, Navy, Army, Air Force Veterans in Canada, Naval Club of Toronto/Toronto Sea Cadet Alumni Association, Wren Association of Toronto, Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps Vanguard, Navy League Cadet Corps Ark Royal, 618 Queen City Squadron, Canadian Army Veterans Motorcycle Unit, Toronto Police Pipes and Drums, Toronto Fire Services Pipes and Drums, and the Queen's Own Rifles.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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