May 5, 2019 – Today Canadians from all corners of the country commemorated the sacrifices of the thousands of Canadians who fought valiantly during the Battle of the Atlantic from 1939 to 1945.
The National Commemorative Ceremony took place at the National War Memorial with participation by members of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force, as well as members of the Merchant Marines. Air Cadets and Sea Cadets from the National Capital Region, Navy League Cadets, Royal Canadian Legion Color Party, local veterans’ associations, the Diplomatic Corps, and the Ottawa Children’s Choir were also present. Local ceremonies and commemorative events were held in communities from coast to coast.
Each year on the first Sunday in May, Canada and its naval community remember the sailors, aviators, and mariners who perished at sea during the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest campaign of the Second World War. It is also an opportunity to honor the courage of the veterans who served and the civilians who died during enemy attack.