Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 17, 2005 11:50 ET

VAC: Delegation Announced for Hong Kong Overseas Events to Mark the 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Hong Kong Prisoners of War

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 17, 2005) - An official Government of Canada delegation, including six Second World War Veterans, will travel to Hong Kong from November 29 to December 8, 2005, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Hong Kong prisoners of war.

While overseas, the delegation will participate in ceremonies of remembrance at the Sai Wan and Stanley Military Cemeteries, and in plaque dedications at Lawson's Bunker, Jardine's Lookout and Sai Wan Hill. They will also visit other various points of historical significance.

Members of the Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association (HKVCA) and the Durham Remembers Group will join the official delegation for several Canadian commemorative events in Hong Kong. The HKVCA group, comprising 35 family members of Hong Kong Veterans, will participate in a number of ceremonies and events. Additionally, more than 200 students, parents and teachers from the Durham Remembers Group will be in Hong Kong to bury the "We Remember Hong Kong Memorial Capsule".

Of the 1,975 Canadians who served with a small British garrison in Hong Kong, 290 would die in the hard-fought, 17-day battle. The Allies surrendered on Christmas Day, 1941 and the remaining Canadian troops, including two nursing sisters, were taken prisoners of war. They would spend nearly four horrific years as prisoners. In all, 264 Canadians died as prisoners of war in Hong Kong and Japan.

For more information on Canada's participation in the defence of Hong Kong, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

2005 is the Year of the Veteran: Celebrate. Honour. Thank. Remember. Teach.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    (613) 992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Corey Hobbs
    Director of Communications
    (613) 947-4908