Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence
Canadian navy

Canadian navy

April 29, 2011 15:32 ET

Annual Battle of Atlantic Service Sunday May 1st

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 29, 2011) - This Sunday, Canadians across the country will attend ceremonies to commemorate the 68th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. The national Battle of the Atlantic parade and ceremony will be held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa beginning at 10 a.m., on Sunday, May 1.

The Battle of the Atlantic was a pivotal struggle during World War II, lasting from September 1939 to May 1945, that was courageously fought by the men and women of the Canadian Merchant Navy, the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force. With success came a high cost. The navy lost 24 warships and suffered over 2,000 fatalities; the merchant navy lost over 70 ships and over 1,700 fatalities; and the air force lost more than 900 aircrew.

Representatives from the Canadian navy and the Canadian air force, Merchant Navy veterans, veteran organizations, Navy League Cadets, the Ottawa Children's Choir and others will be in attendance to honour our naval veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice at sea in the service of Canada.

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