Ontario Commemorates 65th Anniversary Of D-Day



    Premier McGuinty Joins Second World War Veterans At Queen's Park

    TORONTO, June 6 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    June 6, 1944, will always be remembered as D-Day.
    Ontarians honoured Canada's Second World War heroes during a ceremony at
Queen's Park marking the 65th anniversary of D-Day
(http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/english/honours/dday/) and the Battle of
Normandy.
    Premier Dalton McGuinty, retired Major-General Richard Rohmer,
Brigadier-General John Collin and other dignitaries joined hundreds of
veterans in remembering the courage and sacrifice of Canadian soldiers.
    The program included a military parade, an inspection of the troops and
the laying of wreaths. Members of the public also paid their respects at the
ceremony.
    One of Canada's most significant military engagements, the Battle of
Normandy was key to bringing an end to the Second World War and liberating
Europe. The fighting was fierce and came at a high price - 340 Canadians died
and 574 were wounded on D-Day alone.

    QUOTES

    "I want to thank our veterans for the leadership and courage they showed
on D-Day. As citizens, we all have a duty to perform, too: to remember their
stories and never forget the sacrifices they made for our freedom."
    - Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario

    "This special commemoration of D-Day, made on behalf of the people of
Ontario, is a salute that is very much appreciated by all of us veterans of
D-Day and the Battle of Normandy."
    - Retired Major-General Richard Rohmer

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   The average age of Second World War veterans is 85.

    -   14,000 Canadian assault troops landed on Juno Beach on D-Day

    -   The Juno Beach Centre
        (http://www.junobeach.org/Centre/english/visitor_info/visitor.html)
        is a Canadian museum on the D-Day landing beaches.

    LEARN MORE

    Find out what services and programs    
(http://www.culture.gov.on.ca/seniors/english/programs/veterans/services/)
    are available for senior veterans.

    Read more about the Canadian Forces in Ontario
    (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=9dd5320bdb97e97), past and present.

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