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article imageMayor, City Council commemorate 67th D-Day anniversary in Toronto Special

By Andrew Moran     Jun 6, 2011 in World
Toronto - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and several members of City Council commemorated the 67th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, otherwise known as D-Day. Hundreds gathered at Nathan Phillips Square to honour the fallen heroes.
On Tuesday June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied soldiers landed on the 50-mile stretch of the beaches of Normandy, France against the heavily-armed Nazi Germany. Former President and then-General Dwight D. Eisenhower stated that Operation Overlord “will accept nothing less than full victory.”
Among the 160,000 soldiers were military personnel from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway and Free France. The total Allied casualties were more than 10,000.
67 years later, the heroes of World War Two are still remembered and honoured for their intense sacrifice to defeat the SS Nazis and end the war.
In Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square near City Hall Monday, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford proclaimed June 6 as “Toronto Remembers D-Day, June 6, 2011.” Scores of military veterans, honour guards, bands and several members of City Council observed the day.
“Whereas, 67 years ago today, the Allied invasion of Normandy was a daring and remarkable military feat that marked a turning point in the course of World War Two,” said the Toronto Mayor. “On June 6, 1944, hundreds of thousands of men and women took part in what became the largest military invasion in history and the success of Operation Overlord led to the liberation of occupied Europe and the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany.”
Ford went onto state that Toronto is proud that Canadians made up one-third of the air, ground and naval Allied forces that participated in the Normandy Landings, including the Units of the Third Canadian Infantry Division and the Fourth Canadian Armour Brigade.
“We owe so much to the brave soldiers who stormed Juno Beach as part of the Allied Forces’ offensive that changed the course of the Second World War,” continued Ford. “History has shown us that it was the beginning of the end of the war. We are forever in their debt."
Monday’s event program included a reading of the Act of Remembrance by D-Day veteran and member of the Toronto FireFighters’ War Veterans Colour Guard, William Stanfield, and a performance of various World War Two era songs that were sang by the President of the Wren Association of Toronto, Janet Watt, and Toronto EMS Honour Guard, Leo Leach.
Organizations that participated Monday were the Royal Canadian Legion, Toronto Emergency Medical Services, Toronto Transit Commission Supervisory Honour Guard, Toronto Police Pipe Band, Toronto Fire Services Pipes and Drums, the Canadian Armed Forces, Toronto Police Ceremonial Unit and many others.
Citytv’s Kevin Frankish was the master of the ceremony.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (R) speaking with veterans
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (R) speaking with veterans
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (R) speaking with veterans
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (R) speaking with veterans
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (R) speaking with veterans
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (R) speaking with veterans
Toronto City Councillors
Toronto City Councillors
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (L) and Citytv s Kevin Frankish.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (L) and Citytv's Kevin Frankish.
Canadian flag at half mass during commemoration ceremony.
Canadian flag at half mass during commemoration ceremony.
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