02 June 2008

History of Toronto's Warriors' Day Parade

John C. Hymers, a member of The Warriors' Day Parade Council recently e-mailed me about the 87th Annual Warriors' Day Parade, to be held at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, Ontario, on 16 August 2008 with the theme "Saluting Our Veterans, Supporting Our Troops". Details on the parade can be found at the parade website.

This is an event with a long history, dating back to the first parade in 1921. In fact, the website contains extensive information on - and links to - the history of the event. The salute on the first parade was taken by none other than Lord Byng of Vimy, then Governor General of Canada. There are pages dedicated to significant events in the parade and an overall historical background to the parade.

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