Juno75 Commemorative Events in Southern Ontario

| May 27, 2019

Our staff and volunteers will be attending several events marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Come out and say hi if you’re at any of the events below. To see what’s happening in your own community, check out the Veterans Affairs Canada website and your local event listings.

June 1st, 2019

D-Day 75th Anniversary Gala, Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Mount Hope, Ontario

This sold out event features The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra against the backdrop of the museum’s C-47 Dakota aircraft, which flew over the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s 75th Anniversary D-Day Gala will be a momentous occasion to celebrate peace, liberty, and reconciliation.

The Juno Beach Centre Association will provide an exhibit on the Canadian D-Day experience. Guests will also be able to visit our booth, where we will be selling a variety of Juno75 and Juno Beach Centre shop items. Free takeaways will be available!

June 5th, 2019

From Sea to Storm: Remembering D-Day, HMCS Haida, Hamilton, Ontario

This free event (registration encouraged) takes place at HMCS Haida, a Royal Canadian Navy destroyer whose crew helped protect the invasion fleet on D-Day.

The event runs from 5 pm (EST) on June 5th to 1 am (EST) ON June 6th, corresponding with the hours of 12 am to 7 am on June 6th in Normandy, France. This exceptional evening will be filled with historical demonstrations and programming, including an immersive sound and light show, Second World War military vehicles, a unique outdoor screening of “Storming Juno”, and more.

The Juno Beach Centre Association will provide an exhibit on the Canadian D-Day experience. Guests will also be able to visit our booth, where we will be selling a variety of Juno75 and Juno Beach Centre shop items. Free takeaways will be available!

June 6th, 2019

City of Toronto 75th Anniversary Ceremony, Old City Hall Cenotaph

The City of Toronto hosts an annual D-Day commemorative ceremony. The 75th anniversary event will take place at 7:30 am on June 6th, 2019 at the Old City Hall Cenotaph.

The military parade will be followed by a Moment of Silence, the Act of Remembrance, and addresses by Mayor John Tory, Captain Martin Maxwell (D-Day veteran, Glider Pilot Regiment, British 6th Airborne Division), and Mr. Marc Trouyet, the Consul General of France in Toronto. The parade will march off after a wreath laying ceremony.

The Juno Beach Centre will be represented at the ceremony by Juno Beach Centre Student Guide Program alumni Leslie Jamieson and Emilie Gatchell.

The Longest Day: Remembering D-Day, HMCS Haida, Hamilton, Ontario

From 10 am to 5 pm the ship museum will be open for its regular hours as historical demonstrations and programming continue. Note that regular admission applies this day. Free admission to those 17 and under!

The Juno Beach Centre Association will provide an exhibit on the Canadian D-Day experience. Guests will also be able to visit our booth, where we will be selling a variety of Juno75 and Juno Beach Centre shop items. Free takeaways will be available!

We hope to see you on the beach in France or at one of these events. Whatever you are doing on June 6th, 2019, please take a moment to pause and remember Canadian veterans and the sacrifices they made for the betterment of Canada and the world 75 years ago.

Dispatches from Juno shares all the news, events, and stories from the Juno Beach Centre in France and Canada. Interested in contributing a story to the blog? Email the editor at jbca@junobeach.org.

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