Media Advisory - D-Day and Battle of Normandy Grand Provincial Commemorative Ceremony

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Media Advisory - D-Day and Battle of Normandy Grand Provincial Commemorative Ceremony

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Schedule of Events TORONTO, June 3 - The Ontario government is marking the 60th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy with a Grand Provincial Commemorative Ceremony on the south grounds of Queen's Park Sunday, June 6, 2004, at 4 p.m. Several events leading up to the ceremony will take place throughout the day. Numerous photo opportunities will occur before and during the commemorative ceremony. Highlights are listed below. Pre-Event Photo Opportunities 11:30 a.m. Lieutenant Governor James K. Bartleman dedicates the Veterans' Therapeutic Garden at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre at a ceremony on the K wing patio. 2:00 p.m. 1,000 troops from 32 Canadian Brigade Group begin a 9 km "March of Remembrance" in full battle gear from the Veterans' Residence at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre to Queen's Park. 2:30 p.m. 1,200 cadets begin a "March of Remembrance" from Ramsden Park (Yonge south of Roxborough) to Queen's Park. 2:30 p.m. Veterans begin to arrive at Queen's Park. 3:00 p.m. Cadets arrive and form up on the centre walkway linking the driveway to Queen's Park Circle South. 3:10 p.m. City of Toronto "March of Remembrance" departs Nathan Phillips Square for Queen's Park. 3:25 p.m. City of Toronto March of Remembrance participants arrive. Event Photo Opportunities 4:00 p.m. Ceremony officially begins and dignitaries arrive on stage: James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario; Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario; John Gerretsen, Minister Responsible for Seniors; Joseph Volpe, Federal Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development; David Miller, Mayor of Toronto; and Brigadier-General JGM Lessard Commander, Land Forces Central Area. 4:04 p.m. Fly past of a heritage aircraft (Lancaster bomber). 4:10 p.m. The following speakers will make brief remarks: - James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario - Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario - Mr. Gordon Hendery, A D-Day Veteran - John Gerretsen, Minister Responsible for Seniors, - A high school student speaks about the experience of a Battle of Normandy veteran school visit - Joseph Volpe, Federal Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development - David Miller, Mayor of Toronto 4:55 p.m. Wreath laying ceremony on steps of the Legislative Building. Ceremony will also include: - A choir interlude (Faywood Public School choir) - A short non-denominational prayer - Last Post/Lament - Reveillee 5:15 p.m. Ceremony concludes Veterans, their families and dignitaries are invited to a reception with the Lieutenant Governor and the Premier at Macdonald Block. 6:30 p.m. Reception concludes Media Please Note: ------------------ There will be media sections with clear sight lines for photography available prior to and during the ceremony. There will also be a specially designated media area for interviews with veterans. General note: ------------- There will be road closures around Queen's Park - from Wellesley and Hoskins south to College St starting at 2:30 p.m. For more information visit http://ontarioremembers.ca/ Disponible en fran├žais www.gov.on.ca/citizenship/seniorsFor further information: Contacts: Lucille Blainey, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7389; Andrea Kelly, Minister's Office, (416) 585-7210, cell (416) 993-5220