Toronto Commemorates the 72nd Anniversary of D-Day

| June 6, 2016

The Juno Beach Centre in Canada team was honoured to be part of the City of Toronto’s annual D-Day ceremony in Nathan Phillips Square on 6 June. Special guests included Honorary Lt. Gen. Richard Rohmer of the Royal Canadian Air Force, as well as many other veterans of the Normandy Campaign and the Second World War.

Mr. Martin Maxwell and Mr. Charles Cline were presented with the Medal of Honour by the Consul General of France. After, those in attendance were privileged to hear Mr. Maxwell speak: “Hold onto your freedom, because once it is lost, it is most difficult to get back… We transfer this torch of freedom with a request. Make this a peaceful world, with understanding and trust.”

This annual ceremony was beautifully presented, and helps to maintain the important legacy of the Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice 72 years ago on D-Day and in the ensuing Battle of Normandy.

For more information on how you can pay tribute to the memory of Canadians in the Second World War, read about our Commemorative Brick program.

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