Jun 06, 2019
By Jane Brown
It was one of the most important events of the 20th century.
Like the attack on the beach itself, the first ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day Thursday was all Canadian.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined some of the surviving veterans on Juno Beach where he thanked them for “teaching us the value of service, for showing us the true meaning of honour. We thank them for leaving us a better world than the one they once inherited. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the men who fought the Beaches of Normandy.”
Captain Martin Maxwell was one of the soldiers to land in Normandy.
He addressed a Toronto commemoration earlier this morning and brought with him a copy of the Globe and Mail from the day after D-Day, June 7th, 1944.
“And if you turn it inside-out,” Maxwell explained, “you will see something that Canadians should be proud of, because they advanced more than anybody else.”
Captain Maxwell will join Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer with more of his story at about 12:30 Thursday afternoon.
359 Canadian soldiers died on D-Day, June 6th, 1944, 50 of them from Toronto.