70th anniversary V-E Day commemoration ceremony on Sunday, May 3
April 30, 2015
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The annual Victory in Europe (V-E) Day commemoration takes place on Sunday, May 3 at 2 pm at Veterans Park, in the city of Côte Saint-Luc.
The ceremony will highlight the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Europe form the armed forces of Nazi Germany, on May 8, 1945.
In attendance will be members of the Brigadier Frederick Kisch Branch 97 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Mayor Anthony Housefather, the Côte Saint-Luc city council, dignitaries, veterans and residents. To mark the 70th anniversary, Côte Saint-Luc is sending out invitations by mail to all households.
VE Day enactment of a vintage WWII RCAF paratroopers uniform
“It is important to express our gratitude to the men and women who have fought to liberate Europe,” said Councillor Ruth Kovac, who is the co-chairperson of this event with Councillor Allan J. Levine. “Our veterans contributed in ending the genocide against the Jewish population of Europe and others targeted by the Nazis. Attending this ceremony is a concrete and visible manner to honour them and to reflect on the sacrifices made.”
This year’s commemoration will be conducted by Brigadier Frederick Kisch Branch 97 President, Frank Levine. Veterans Park is located next to the City Hall and library (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held indoors at the City Hall.
VE Day parade in Cote Saint-Luc 2008
“I encourage everyone to come on May 3 and show support for our veterans who still continue to do so much for our community and look after their own,” Councillor Levine said. “Every November during the annual Poppy Fund Campaign, the veterans sit for hours in malls and grocery stores pinning endless poppies on endless lapels to collect funds. The monies collected are then returned to the community through donations to local organisations, such as the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Jewish General Hospital, the Salvation Army, the Old Brewery Mission and many others.”
George Nashen in front of the Cote Saint-Luc cenotaph in Veterans Park on VE Day 2012
The cenotaph at Veterans Park near 5851 Cavendish Blvd. honours the memory of those who gave their lives in the First World War, the Second World War and the Korean War.