Toronto Remembers the Wars
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The City honours those who served their country with ceremonies to mark D-Day and Remembrance Day:
- Each June 6, the City of Toronto honours the courage and honour of those who fought in the Allied forces’ invasion of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944.
- Every Remembrance Day on November 11, we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served their country.
Each June 6, Toronto Remembers the courage and honour of those who fought in the Allied forces’ invasion of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944.
Please join members of Toronto City Council in honouring those who took part. An annual ceremony will take place on June 6 on Nathan Phillips Square, from noon to 1 p.m.
Why We Remember
In the early hours of June 6, 1944, allied troops departed the southern coast of England in total silence, under the cover of darkness. As dawn broke over the coast of Normandy, France, the immensity of the allied armada was revealed to the German occupying forces. The battle that ensued on that fateful day marked the beginning of the end of the Second World War. Approximately 14,000 Canadian soldiers fought on the beaches of Normandy — their mission, to invade and secure a stretch of the Normandy coastline code-named Juno. Toronto’s Queen’s Own Rifles received the worst battering of any Canadian unit on D-Day.
D-Day Program Speakers
The City of Toronto commemorations of D-Day have always featured a Canadian veteran. We were honoured to have the following veterans with us for the D-Day ceremonies:
- 2008 Jan de Vries
- 2009 Martin Maxwell
- 2010 Edward O’Halloran
- 2011 Jack Martin
- 2012 John Hadley
- 2013 Weldon Clark
- 2014 Alex Adair
- 2015 Jim Parks
- 2016 Honorary Lieutenant-General Richard Rohmer – Royal Canadian Air Force
- 2017 Trooper Ed Stafford
- 2018 Charles Scot-Brown
Every Remembrance Day on November 11, we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served their country during times of war, military conflict and peace.
City of Toronto services marking Remembrance Day take place at:
- Old City Hall
- East York Civic Centre
- Etobicoke Civic Centre
- North York Civic Centre
- York Civic Centre
- Scarborough Civic Centre
- Fort York
The public is invited to attend these events.The Remembrance Day Service at Old City Hall is also live streamed on the City of Toronto YouTube channel. You can follow us on Twitter: @TorontoComms #TorontoRemembers
To obtain more information about the accessibility of each of the City’s Remembrance Day ceremonies please contact the person responsible for the ceremony you wish to attend.
- Community organizations and the Province of Ontario also organize Remembrance Day services across the city.
- The Canadian War Museum website allows visitors to view photographs of Canadian troops in the trenches, period artwork and recruitment posters, as well as browse through archival material, from original maps of the Western Front to soldiers’ diaries and letters home.
- Learn more about Toronto Remembers and the program’s significance