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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

Additional Information

Toronto Archives D-Day Web Exhibit

2018 Toronto Remembers D-Day Poster

Canadian troops land in Normandy France on D-Day June 6, 1944
View looking east along ‘Nan White’ Beach, showing personnel of the 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade landing from LCI(L) 299 of the 2nd Canadian (262nd RN) Flotilla on D-Day 6 June 1944

 

This is a map of where the Canadian troops landed and fought during D-Day.
This is a map of where the Canadian troops landed and fought during D-Day.