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June 4, 2004
D-Day 60th anniversary events on Nathan Phillips Square
  
On June 6, 1944, Canada took part in the invasion that would mark the beginning
of the liberation of France and the end of the Second World War. The City of
Toronto will host several activities on Nathan Phillips Square commemorating
the 60th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy on June 6.

The activities will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will include a speech from Mayor
David Miller, a rededication of the Winston Churchill statue (located on the
southwest corner of the square), and music from Radio AM 740, the Salvation
Army Reservist Band, the Whitby Jubilee Seniors Choir and Hits of the Blitz.

At 3:10 p.m., approximately one thousand marchers will line up and march from
Nathan Phillips Square to Queen's Park, via University Avenue. Those marching
will include veterans, veterans' associations, and honour guards of various
organizations, including St. John's Ambulance, the Toronto Transit Commission,
Toronto Police, Fire Services, and Emergency Services, and the public. Their
march will pass over the former site of the University Armouries where soldiers
registered to board ships for the Boer War, First World War and Second World
War.

The City will continually broadcast a recording of the official ceremony from
Normandy, France in the City Hall Rotunda. Military memorabilia and models will
be displayed in the rotunda, with veterans and spokespersons available to
answer questions.

The Salvation Army will generously hand out coffee, water and donuts on the
square, the same service they provided Canadian soldiers during the Second
World War. Also, a vintage TTC streetcar will run for free on Queen Street,
between McCaul and Church Streets.

The CBC will play radio reports from June 6, 1944, and the Tupperware
Corporation will display products from 1944, its first year in business.
Veterans Affairs Canada will distribute fact sheets, posters, and children's
books about Canada's military history.

The TTC and GO will be free to war veterans on Sunday. On the TTC, veterans are
required to show their war medals in place of fare. One veteran and one
companion can ride for free on GO trains and buses if they wear their medals,
beret, blazer, uniform, or anything else that clearly identifies them as a war
veteran.

Media contact:
Tanya Imola, Protocol Officer, City Clerk's Office, 416-392-6745



 

 

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