Canada to honour 75th anniversary of D-Day with ceremonies across country

Canadians will mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in ceremonies across the country today -- with the aged veterans who are the last living link to the largest seaborne invasion in history as the venerated guests of honour.

On June 6, 1944, an Allied force of 150,000 troops stormed France's Normandy coast in a momentous turning point in the Second World War.

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other world leaders gather in Normandy, Canadians across the country will turn out for wreath laying ceremonies, lectures and displays, with the main ceremony at Willow Park Armoury in Halifax. 

The location was switched from the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site due to weather concerns.

One of the earliest events will take place in Toronto, where Mayor John Tory and city councillors will attend a public ceremony beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Old City Hall Cenotaph.

Capt. Martin Maxwell of the Glider Pilot Regiment, British 6th Airborne Division, is to share his story in Toronto about being among the first to land in Normandy the night before the invasion.

The Halifax commemoration ceremony will feature an act of remembrance and two minutes of silence.


Locally, a D-Day remembrance parade will be held at the Truro Cenotaph in Civic Square at 10:45 a.m., while the Stellarton service has been moved to Legion Branch 28 on MacKay Street at 1 p.m.

(With files from James Faulkner)