However, following the war, Eugene G. Faludi of Toronto, one of the leading town planners in Canada, was hired by the city to design a new street plan for the Avalon subdivision. He laid out the new plan for the Avalon subdivision.
Specifically, it was for postwar houses to accommodate returning soldiers and their families. Faludi's new design was a radical departure for the streets of Stratford. He developed a plan that introduced gently curving streets, with circles and curves that were new to the city. Prior, the pattern for most Stratford plans comprised traditional straight-line streets. This plan was described as having "winding, picturesque streets, crescents, and park areas." The names of some of the streets had become well known because of the war. Normandy Drive was named in honor of Stratford veterans who served with units that took part in the invasion of Normandy, June 6, 1944. Though the Perth Regiment did not take part in the Normandy campaign, there were many Stratford veterans who served in units, other than the Perths, who did take part. By Stanford Dingman
Canada was a full partner in the success of the Allied landings in Normandy (D- Day). Determined to end four years of often-brutal German occupation, on 6 June 1944, Allied forces invaded Western Europe along an 80-kilometre front in Normandy, France. Of the nearly 150,000 Allied troops who landed or parachuted into the invasion area, 14,000 were Canadians. They assaulted a beachfront code-named “Juno,” while Canadian paratroopers landed just east of the assault beaches. Though the Allies encountered German defences bristling with artillery, machine guns, mines, and booby-traps, the invasion was a success.
Other Canadians helped achieve this victory. The Royal Canadian Navy contributed 110 ships and 10,000 sailors in support of the landings while the Royal Canadian Air Force had helped prepare the invasion by bombing targets inland. On D-Day, and during the ensuing campaign, 15 RCAF fighter and fighter-bomber squadrons helped control the skies over Normandy and attacked enemy targets. On D-Day, Canadians suffered 1,074 casualties, including 359 killed. Source: Canadian War Museum