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June 3, 2004
Winston Churchill statue rededication on Nathan Phillips Square this Sunday
  
Enhanced statue site to open on D-Day anniversary

The City of Toronto, the International Churchill Society (Canada) and the
Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy, will
rededicate the Winston Churchill statue on Nathan Phillips Square as part of
the 60th anniversary of D-Day ceremonies on June 6. The ceremony will take
place between 2:30 p.m. and 2:55 p.m.

"It's fitting that we remember Churchill's outstanding World War II leadership
on this day," said Randy Barber, President of the International Churchill
Society (Canada). "This memorial is both a tribute to Churchill and a reminder
that we must be vigilant in protecting freedom in Canada and around the world."

Mayor David Miller, Mr. Barber, and chairman of Churchill Society for the
Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy, Daniel Tisch, will speak at the
rededication, which will be followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The statue, located on the southwest corner of Nathan Phillips Square at City
Hall, 100 Queen St. W., was erected on October 23, 1967. Recent fundraising
projects by the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary
Democracy have generated funds to place park benches and four educational
plaques engraved with information about Mr. Churchill and parliamentary
democracy at the base of the statue.

"This project is a great example of how the City of Toronto and private
citizens can work together, both to remember our past and to create a legacy
for our future," said Mr. Tisch. "The Churchill memorial has always been an
impressive statue, and now it's also a living exhibit that will educate future
generations about democracy - a cause for which so many gave so much 60 years
ago."

Winston Churchill was Prime Minister of Great Britain during the Second World
War and a leader of the allied forces. He played a major role in planning the
invasion of Normandy on D-Day - June 6, 1944.

Media contacts:
Randy Barber, president, International Churchill Society (Canada), 416-326-0383
Dan Tisch, chairman, Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary
Democracy, 416-968-7311 ext.# 223
Tanya Imola, Protocol Officer, City Clerk's Office, 416-392-6745



 

 

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