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D-Day – June 6 in Toronto

Toronto remembers the courage of those who fought in the Allied Forces’ invasion of Normandy, France in 1944.

What is D-Day?

D-Day was part of Operation Overlord, the plan for the liberation of Europe. It was the final push by the Allied Forces to win back control of Europe during the Second World War. The D-Day invasions were the start of the year-long Battle of Normandy. It would end with the German surrender on V-E (Victory in Europe) Day, May 8, 1945. The operation was the largest seaborne invasion in history. Canada’s goal was to secure an eight-kilometre-long stretch of French beach and move towards an inland airfield.

The D simply stands for “day.” The designation was traditionally used for the date of any important military operation or invasion. The day before June 6, 1944, was known as D-1 and the days after were D+1, D+2, D+ and so on. As the date of the invasion could only take place in certain weather conditions, planning was based on a day without a date.

June 6, 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the beginning of the year-long Battle of Normandy.

On this 75th anniversary of the Operation, join members of Toronto City Council in honouring those who gave their lives in the battle and those who have since gone, along with those veterans of this conflict who are still among us.

The ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy will take place on the following day and time:

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Time: 7:30 a.m.

Location: Old City Hall Cenotaph

2019 D-Day Poster PDF
75th D-Day Ceremony Program:

Last Post
Two Minutes of Silence
The Act of Remembrance
D-Day Address: Mayor John Tory
Keynote Speaker: Captain Martin Maxwell, Glider Pilot Regiment, British 6th Airbourne Division
Remarks: Mr. Marc Trouyet, Consul General of France in Toronto
Wreath Laying
Parade marches off

Sandra P.    6/5/2019


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