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June 6, 2012
City of Toronto commemorates D-Day today
News Release

June 6, 2012

City of Toronto commemorates D-Day today

The City of Toronto commemorated the 68th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy at City Hall’s 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, 2012.” Mayor Ford then presented the proclamation to John Hadley, Rifleman with the Queen's Own Rifles and D-Day Veteran, who was the keynote speaker today.

Mayor Ford said, "We are all grateful to our veterans for what they did for our country - for us. I also want to thank the young people here today for helping to keep the memory of this moment in history alive."

Among the veterans participating in today’s event were William Stanfield, a D-Day veteran and a member of the Toronto Firefighters’ War Veterans Colour Guard, who read the Act of Remembrance after Reveille; Janet Watt, president 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. Francis D'Souza of CityNews 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, 32 Brigade Group, Royal Canadian Legion, Navy, Army, Air Force Veterans in Canada, Naval Club of Toronto/Toronto Sea Cadet Alumni Association, Naval Officers Association of Canada (NOAC) - Toronto Branch, 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 & Drums, Toronto Fire Services Pipes & 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 2.7 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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