Royal Canadian Navy

Royal Canadian Navy

May 01, 2012 12:05 ET

Battle of the Atlantic Commemoration

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 1, 2012) - This Sunday, Canadians across the country will attend ceremonies to commemorate 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 6. Members of the public are invited to attend the event.

The Battle of the Atlantic was a pivotal struggle during World War II, lasting from September 1939 to May 1945, which 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 RCN lost 24 warships and suffered over 2,000 fatalities; the merchant navy lost over 70 ships and over 1,700 fatalities; and the Royal Canadian Air Force lost more than 900 aircrew.

Representatives of the Royal Canadian Navy and RCAF, alongside members of the Merchant Navy, Central Region Sea and Air Cadets, Navy League Cadets, the Royal Canadian Legion Colour Party, local veteran organizations, other government departments, the diplomatic community and the Ottawa Children's Choir 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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