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June 8, 2009
Toronto commemorates D-Day with ceremony at City Hall
The City of Toronto commemorated the 65th 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.

Councillor Janet Davis (Ward 31 Beaches-East York), who welcomed veterans and the public to the event on behalf of the City of Toronto, concluded her comments about the Battle of Normandy by officially proclaiming “Toronto Remembers D-Day, June 6, 2009.” Councillor Davis presented the proclamation to D-Day veterans and keynote speakers Al Armstrong and Martin Maxwell, who spoke to the crowd about their experiences at Normandy in 1944.

Among the many other veterans participating in the today’s event were George Keddy, a D-Day veteran and senior member of the Toronto Civic Honour 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. Janet and Leo sang a selection of Second World War era songs before the formal ceremony, then Leo sang “O Canada” to open the ceremony, accompanied by pianist William O’Hara. Janet Watt later sang “God Save the Queen.” Bugler Nigel Soper performed as a soloist during the ceremony. Francis D'Souza of Citytv was the master of ceremonies.

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 Canadian Forces, the Royal Canadian Legion, Navy, Army, Air Force Veterans of Canada, Naval Club of Toronto, Toronto Sea Cadet Alumni Association, Naval Officers Association of Canada/Toronto branch, Wren Association of Toronto, Navy League Cadet Corps Ark Royal, Toronto Police Pipe Band, and Toronto Fire Services Pipes and Drums.

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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Idalina Lima Matias, Protocol, City of Toronto, 416-392-6745,



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