Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 01, 2013 17:18 ET

General Public Invited to the Battle of the Atlantic Parade and Commemoration Ceremony in Ottawa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 1, 2013) - The general public is invited to attend the National Battle of the Atlantic parade and commemoration ceremony that will be held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Sunday, May 5 at 11:00 a.m.

The parade contingents, including a veterans' contingent, will march from their designated assembly areas and proceed to the National War Memorial to begin the commemoration ceremony. Present will be members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as well as members of the Merchant Navy (MN), 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.

Highlights of the ceremony will include CAF sentries standing guard around the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, speeches from representatives of government and other dignitaries, a CP-140 Aurora flypast and a wreath laying ceremony. In addition, there will be a reading of ships lost by the Royal Canadian Navy, the number of ships lost by the Merchant Navy by year, and the names of the Royal Canadian Air Force Squadrons that participated in the Battle of the Atlantic. Music will be provided throughout the ceremony by the Central Band of the Canadian Forces, a Sea Cadet Band and the Ottawa Children's Choir.

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 Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Merchant Navy, and the Royal Canadian Air Force. With this success came a high cost. The RCN lost 33 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.

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For more information on the Battle of the Atlantic Ceremony, please contact Lieutenant (Navy) Jennifer Fidler at (613) 945-0902 or by email at jennifer.fidler@forces.gc.ca

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