Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 02, 2008 18:22 ET

Government of Canada Remembers the Battle of the Atlantic

SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(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 memorial service and parade will take place on May 4, at 11:00 a.m. The memorial service will be held at Hillcrest United Baptist Church, 476 Lancaster Avenue West. Rob Moore, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, 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."

A wreath laying ceremony will be held at Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Brunswicker following the church service. "I am proud to participate in this event," said Mr. Moore. "It is important for us to join together here at the HMCS Brunswicker to commemorate the sacrifices made by those who served during the Battle of the Atlantic."

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.

Minister Thompson is leading an official Government of Canada delegation in Halifax this weekend. The delegation will take part in a variety of 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
    Jill Currie
    Communications Officer
    902-426-8544
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649