Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence
Canadian Navy

Canadian Navy

April 30, 2009 09:54 ET

Media Advisory: Battle of the Atlantic Parade and Ceremony

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 30, 2009) - Canadians will attend ceremonies across the country Sunday, May 3rd to mark the sacrifices made by the many who fought on their behalf in the epic Second World War Battle of the Atlantic.

In Ottawa, there will be a parade from the Government Conference Centre to the National War Memorial at 10:25 a.m., followed by a ceremony at the National War Memorial, which will include Chief of the Maritime Staff Vice-Admiral Drew Robertson, veterans, serving members of the Canadian Forces, cadets, and other guests. Following the ceremony, there will be a reception for parade participants at the Government Conference Centre beginning at noon.

The Battle of the Atlantic, the fight for supremacy of the North Atlantic, was waged from 1939 until 1945 and pitted Allied naval and air forces against German U-boats, whose primary targets were the convoys of merchant ships carrying vital life-sustaining cargo from North America to Europe.

Much of the burden of fighting the Battle of the Atlantic fell to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). At the outbreak of war, the RCN was comprised of only six destroyers and a handful of smaller vessels. By the end of the war, the RCN was the third largest navy in the world. The Battle of the Atlantic ended with V-E Day on May 8th, 1945.

As the Canadian Navy commemorates the sacrifices and historic accomplishments of Canada and her allies during Battle of the Atlantic Sunday services across Canada this year it also recognizes the fact that the ninety-ninth anniversary of the founding of the Canadian Navy on the following Monday, May 4th, 2009 marks the one-year countdown to the Canadian Naval Centennial in 2010.

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