Toronto-May 5, 2015. James Pasternak, Toronto CIty Councillor, Ward 10 – York Centre honoured World War II veterans with a Victory Day Ceremony in Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto City Hall. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allies formally accepting the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany.
The celebration was joined by World War II veterans and their families, Canadian and American military personnel, diplomats, Mayor John Tory, MPP Peter Milczyn on behalf of Premier Wynne, MPP Jim Wilson, Interim leader of the PC Party and many other elected officials.
It is a privilege and honour to pay tribute to these brave veterans and their families on the occasion of Victory Day. It is in this great historical event that we recognize the courage and sacrifices that were made to bring peace and freedom to Europe, these shores and beyond. Together they brought the war in Europe to the end and with that the horrors of the Holocaust.
The ceremony was run with the support of the 29th Division Association HQ Post 29, 8th Air Force Historical Society-9th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron Wing, Jewish War Veterans of Canada, The Office of Strategic Services Society and Canadian Association of the World War II Veterans from the Soviet Union. Representatives from the governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, France, New Zealand and Australia attended the ceremony.
The young singers from the Star School Academy performed war-time era songs for the veterans and audience.