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October 30, 2008
Toronto joins in tribute to those who died in First World War
Starting at 5 p.m. on November 4, and continuing each night until sunrise of Remembrance Day (November 11), the east tower of City Hall will serve as the backdrop for the projection of the names of all 68,000 Canadians who died in the First World War. The public is invited to attend the official launch on Nathan Phillips Square, starting at 4:30 p.m. on November 4.

The project - Vigile 1914-1918 Vigil - marks the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Creators R. H. Thomson and Martin Conboy, together with Canada’s National History Society, have spearheaded private and public fundraising in order to spread the vigil idea across Canada. Dusk ‘til dawn projections will also take place in Fredericton, Halifax, Regina, Edmonton, and at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will attend the launch at Canada House in Trafalgar Square, London, England.

“As the living memory of those who served and made the supreme sacrifice fades from our collective conscience, we cannot pay high enough tribute to those 68,000 who never saw the shores of home again,” said Mayor David Miller. “I am honoured, as a Torontonian and a Canadian, that 90 years after the end of that terrible conflict, their names will appear on one of the most important and iconic buildings in our city. I hope all Torontonians will take a few minutes to participate in this Vigil and to remember.”

In a 21st century twist, Canadians can log onto to look up the names of these fallen soldiers and confirm the night and the minute when their name will appear. “Across Canada, Canadians will honour the men and women who made the supreme sacrifice for their country,” said Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina). “This thoroughly modern approach to an ancient practice does us all proud.”

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Tanya Imola, Protocol Consultant, City of Toronto, 416-392-7805,
Michael Booth, Office of Mayor David Miller, 416-338-7118,
Laura Denker, LOF Communications, 613-747-5949,



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