Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 02, 2008 15:27 ET

Canada Remembers the Battle of the Atlantic

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 2, 2008) - May 2008 marks the 65th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. In commemoration of this historic Second World War campaign, a Battle of the Atlantic Ceremony will take place in Edmonton at HMCS Nonsuch on May 4th at 9:30 a.m. Mr. Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence, will attend on behalf of the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

"The Battle of the Atlantic was courageously fought by the men and women of the Canadian Merchant Navy, the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force," said Minister Thompson. "All Canadians, especially youth, can get involved by learning more about the Battle of the Atlantic and by participating in commemorative events."

The Battle of the Atlantic was Canada's longest military engagement of the Second World War, lasting from September 1939 to May 1945. For almost six long years, the men and women of the Canadian Merchant Navy, the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force courageously served through enemy attacks and severe ocean storms.

"I am proud to participate in this event," said Mr. Hawn. "It is important for us to join the Naval Veteran community to mark this significant anniversary."

During the Second World War, more than 110 officers and 3,500 ratings (non-commissioned officers) served on the HMCS Nonsuch.

Minister Thompson is leading an official Government of Canada delegation in Halifax this weekend. The delegation will take part in a variety of 65th anniversary ceremonies and events recognizing the tremendous valour and sacrifice made during this long military campaign.

For more information about the Battle of the Atlantic, reports on the delegation's progress in Halifax or details about events in your area, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Pamela Shaw
    Senior Program Officer
    204-984-6295
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649