Parade to mark 79th anniversary of D-Day set for Sunday along Kingston Road

Participants are shown in the parade to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in this Beach Metro Community News file photo. A parade and ceremony marking the 79th anniversary of D-Day takes place on Sunday, June 4.

A parade to mark the upcoming 79th anniversary of D-Day will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, June 4, along Kingston Road.

The parade begins at 1 p.m. at Norway Public School, 390 Kingston Rd., at 1 p.m.

It will then head west along Kingston Road and into the St. John’s Norway Cemetery, northwest corner of Kingston Road and Woodbine Avenue.

The parade will end at the site of the war graves in the cemetery and will be followed by a memorial service there at 2 p.m.

There are more than 500 veterans buried in St. John’s Norway Cemetery.

Taking part will be local Royal Canadian Legion members, Cadets and dignitaries.

The D-Day invasion of the Normandy beaches in France by Allied troops took place on June 6, 1944 and signalled the beginning of the end of the Second World War.

More than 14,000 Canadian military members took part in the D-Day invasion. Canadian troops secured Juno Beach at the cost of 359 killed and more than 1,000 other casualties.

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