The City of Toronto once again hosted its annual D-Day ceremony with special dedication to its 70th Anniversary. The City of Toronto paid tribute to both the 50 Torontonians who died on 6 June 1944, as well as the 359 soldiers from across Canada who were killed on that day.
Held at Nathan Phillip Square, Toronto City Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly provided opening remarks and made the announcement that 6 June would now be officially known as Toronto Remembers D-Day.
Following the Deputy Mayor, heartfelt speeches were provided from D-Day veteran, Alex Adair; Joanne O’Halloran, daughter of D-Day veteran Edward O’Halloran; and Cassandra Anderton, granddaughter of D-Day veteran Weldon Clark. All speakers touched on different aspects of D-Day and the impact it had on them and their families, even decades later. Emphasis was also placed on the importance to always remember, and to ensure these stories continue to be passed down.
The ceremony also included a parade featuring the Toronto Fire Services Pipe and Drum Band, the Toronto Transit Commission Supervisory Honour Guard, and Toronto Emergency Medical Services, among others. The event also included war-era music, sung by both veterans and youth choirs, as well as the lowering of the Canadian flag by veteran Charles Jennings followed by a moment of silence.
Some Photographs courtesy of The City of Toronto.
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