City of Toronto sponsoring 22 tribute markers at a D-Day memorial in France

News Jun 18, 2014 Scarborough Mirror

The City of Toronto is sponsoring 22 tribute markers at a D-Day memorial in France “to ensure that all fallen soldiers from Toronto are honoured.”

Scarborough East Councillor Paul Ainslie proposed the move at a city council meeting last week, noting 50 of the 359 Canadian soldiers who fell on June 6, 1944 were from Toronto.

The Juno Beach Centre in Normandy, France installed metre-high maple markers listing each soldier’s name, regiment and hometown in time for the Allied invasion’s 70th anniversary, asking Canadians to sponsor each tribute.

Ainslie was at the centre in March and saw the City of Toronto was “glaringly absent” among the two dozen Canadian cities and towns acting as sponsors. “Surely we can show more support,” he argued.

By approving Ainslie’s motion without opposition, council committed the city to send the centre $11,000, enough to provide sponsors for the Torontonian soldiers who had none.

“All Canadians should at one time in their lives visit Juno Beach to have a real appreciation for what occurred so many years ago and how the bravery of our soldiers came to win World War II,” the motion said, adding the city’s recognition “will help to tell their stories again.”

More on the tributes and the centre may be seen at www.junobeach.org

City of Toronto sponsoring 22 tribute markers at a D-Day memorial in France

News Jun 18, 2014 Scarborough Mirror

The City of Toronto is sponsoring 22 tribute markers at a D-Day memorial in France “to ensure that all fallen soldiers from Toronto are honoured.”

Scarborough East Councillor Paul Ainslie proposed the move at a city council meeting last week, noting 50 of the 359 Canadian soldiers who fell on June 6, 1944 were from Toronto.

The Juno Beach Centre in Normandy, France installed metre-high maple markers listing each soldier’s name, regiment and hometown in time for the Allied invasion’s 70th anniversary, asking Canadians to sponsor each tribute.

Ainslie was at the centre in March and saw the City of Toronto was “glaringly absent” among the two dozen Canadian cities and towns acting as sponsors. “Surely we can show more support,” he argued.

By approving Ainslie’s motion without opposition, council committed the city to send the centre $11,000, enough to provide sponsors for the Torontonian soldiers who had none.

“All Canadians should at one time in their lives visit Juno Beach to have a real appreciation for what occurred so many years ago and how the bravery of our soldiers came to win World War II,” the motion said, adding the city’s recognition “will help to tell their stories again.”

More on the tributes and the centre may be seen at www.junobeach.org

City of Toronto sponsoring 22 tribute markers at a D-Day memorial in France

News Jun 18, 2014 Scarborough Mirror

The City of Toronto is sponsoring 22 tribute markers at a D-Day memorial in France “to ensure that all fallen soldiers from Toronto are honoured.”

Scarborough East Councillor Paul Ainslie proposed the move at a city council meeting last week, noting 50 of the 359 Canadian soldiers who fell on June 6, 1944 were from Toronto.

The Juno Beach Centre in Normandy, France installed metre-high maple markers listing each soldier’s name, regiment and hometown in time for the Allied invasion’s 70th anniversary, asking Canadians to sponsor each tribute.

Ainslie was at the centre in March and saw the City of Toronto was “glaringly absent” among the two dozen Canadian cities and towns acting as sponsors. “Surely we can show more support,” he argued.

By approving Ainslie’s motion without opposition, council committed the city to send the centre $11,000, enough to provide sponsors for the Torontonian soldiers who had none.

“All Canadians should at one time in their lives visit Juno Beach to have a real appreciation for what occurred so many years ago and how the bravery of our soldiers came to win World War II,” the motion said, adding the city’s recognition “will help to tell their stories again.”

More on the tributes and the centre may be seen at www.junobeach.org