Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 02, 2008 17:04 ET

Media Advisory: Canada Marks 65th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 2, 2008) - This year marks the 65th anniversary of 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. Sixty-five years ago, in May 1943, the battle turned significantly in favour of the Allies after they received more training, air cover, special intelligence and better equipment. The Government of Canada will mark this significant milestone in Canadian history with a number of events across Canada.



Halifax
The official Government of Canada delegation will be participating in
commemorative events held in Halifax-the harbour that served as Canada's
central shipping port for troops, supplies and munitions overseas.

Event: Merchant Navy Remembrance and Wreath Laying Ceremony
Location: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Sackville Landing
Date: May 3, 2008 at 10:00 a.m.

Event: Commemorative Ceremony
Location: Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building
Date: May 3, 2008 at 2:30 p.m.

Event: Department of National Defence Commemorative Ceremony
Location: Halifax Memorial (Sailors' Memorial), Point Pleasant Park
Date: May 4, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.

Ottawa

Event: Commemorative Ceremony
Location: National War Memorial, Ottawa
Date: May 4, 2008 at 10:30 a.m.

Alberta

Event: Battle of the Atlantic Parade and Church Service
Location: HMCS Nonsuch, Edmonton, Alberta
Date: May 4, 2008 at 9:30 a.m.

Event: Battle of the Atlantic Ceremonies
Location: HMCS Tecumseh, Calgary, Alberta
Date: May 4, 2008 at 10:45 a.m.

British Columbia

Event: VE Day & Battle of the Atlantic Candlelight Service
Location: The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #54
(Opposite the Sooke Community Hall on Eustace Road, Sooke)
Date: May 3, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.

Event: Battle of the Atlantic Annual Commemorative Service
Location: Parliament Buildings, Victoria, British Columbia
Date: May 4, 2008 at 10:30 a.m.

Event: VE Day & Battle of the Atlantic Commemorative Service
Location: The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #54
(Opposite the Sooke Community Hall on Eustace Road, Sooke)
Date: May 4, 2008 at 12:00 p.m. (Marching off will start at the
parking lot at Evergreen Plaza to the Cenotaph on the Legion
grounds.)

Manitoba

Event: Battle of the Atlantic Ceremonies
Location: HMCS Chippawa, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Date: May 4, 2008 at 10:45 a.m.

New Brunswick

Event: Battle of the Atlantic Sunday - HMCS Brunswicker
Location: Hillcrest United Baptist Church, Saint John, New Brunswick
Date: May 4, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.

Newfoundland

Event: Battle of the Atlantic Ceremony
Location: Burin War Memorial, Town Council Grounds,
Burin, Newfoundland Labrador
Date: May 3, 2008

Event: Battle of the Atlantic Sunday - HMCS Cabot
Church service, parade, dockside ceremony and
remembrance ceremony at sea
Location: St. John's, Newfoundland Labrador
Date: May 4, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.

Event: 6th Annual Battle of the Atlantic Parade
Location: War Memorial, 195 Water Street, Carbonear, Newfoundland
Labrador
Date: May 4, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. (parade forms)

Event: West Newfoundland Naval Association - Battle of the Atlantic
Parade
Location: Port aux Basques, Newfoundland Labrador
Date: May 4, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.

Nova Scotia

Event: Battle of the Atlantic Sunday
Location: Presbyterian Church, 5756 Pictou Landing Road
Pictou Landing, Nova Scotia
Date: May 4, 2008 at 11:00 am

Event: Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Ceremony
Location: Cornwallis Military Museum, 726 Broadway
Cornwallis Industrial Park, Hwy. #1, Nova Scotia
Date: May 4, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.

Event: Isle Madame Battle of Atlantic Commemorative Ceremony
Location: St. Anne's Community and Nursing Care Centre
2313 Main Street, Arichat, Nova Scotia
Date: May 4, 2008 at 1:30 p.m.

Event: Battle of Atlantic Ceremony
Location: Truro Cenotaph, Truro, Nova Scotia
Date: May 4, 2008 at 1:30 p.m.

Ontario

Event: Battle of the Atlantic Commemoration Event
Location: Navy Memorial Park
Ontario Street, Kingston, ON
Date: May 4, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.

Prince Edward Island

Event: Battle of the Atlantic Commemorative Ceremony and Parade
Location: Royal Canadian Legion Cenotaph
240 Main St.
Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island
Date: May 3, 2008 2:00 p.m.

Event: Battle of the Atlantic Sunday - HMCS Queen Charlotte
Location: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Date: May 4, 2008 at 10:00 a.m.

Quebec

Event: Battle of the Atlantic Commemorative Ceremony
Location: HMCS Montcalm
170 Dalhousie, Quebec, Quebec
Date: May 4, 2008 at 10:30 a.m.

Event: Battle of the Saint-Lawrence Commemorative Ceremony and
Inauguration of the historical route commemorating the
Battle of the Saint-Lawrence
Location: Mont-Joli Airport, Mont-Joli, Quebec
Date: May 4, 2008 at 1:30 p.m.

Saskatchewan

Event: Naval Community Dinner (public may purchase tickets to
attend)
Location: HMCS Unicorn, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Date: May 2, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.

Event: Battle of the Atlantic Parade
Location: HMCS Queen, Regina, Saskatchewan
Date: May 4, 2008 at 1:00 p.m.

Event: Battle of the Atlantic Parade
Location: HMCS Unicorn, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Date: May 4, 2008 at 10:30 a.m.


Please note: All events are listed in local time.

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 fought through enemy attacks and severe ocean storms. In May 1943, after receiving more training, air cover, special intelligence and better equipment, the battle turned significantly in favour of the Allies.

Find additional information on the Battle of the Atlantic and commemorative events, including reports and photos, on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649