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City, country, remembers fallen soldiers on D-Day

A band plays during a D Day ceremony at Nathan Phillips Square on June 6, 2011. CITYNEWS.

Toronto and the world remembered the soldiers who stormed Juno Beach on June 6, 1944, the invasion that marked the beginning of the end of the Second World War.

A total of 340 men died and 574 more were wounded during the assault.

The D-Day invasion was the start of the liberation of France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark.

“We owe so much to the brave soldiers who stormed Juno Beach as part of the Allied Forces’ offensive that changed the course of the Second World War,” Mayor Rob Ford said at Nathan Phillips Square on Monday.

“History has shown us that it was the beginning of the end of the war. We are forever in their debt.”

Around the world, U.S. senator John Kerry joined World War II veterans in Normandy. They visited Pointe du Hoc, where elite U.S. Rangers scaled jagged cliffs in one of the most trying missions of the invasion.

With files from The Associated Press.