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Battle of Atlantic remembrance ceremony goes Sunday

Local cadets and veterans will take part in ceremonies Sunday (May 5) at Memorial Park commemorating the 59th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic.
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Local cadets and veterans will take part in ceremonies Sunday (May 5) at Memorial Park commemorating the 59th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic.

Members of the Admiral Mountbatten Sea Cadets and Sudbury Navy League Corps will start to form up at 10:30 am at Tom Davies Square along with Manitoulin North Shore Navy Veterans and Legionnaires.

Following a brief march to the cenotaph, a 45-minute ceremony of remembrance will begin at 11 am.
The public is encouraged to attend.

After the service the contingent will march from Durham to Elm Street, up Elm to Regent Street and disperse at the Navy League Hall.

Battle of the Atlantic Sunday, celebrated during the first Sunday in May, commemorates the sacrifices of sailors and merchant seamen who gave their lives for their country while valiantly defending the convoy routes of the North Atlantic during the Second World War.

Canada sent its naval and air forces up against the notorious Nazi wolf-packs, German submarines whose prey were ships carrying valuable arms, material and personnel across the ocean.

Over 26,000 merchant ship voyages were made during the 2006 days of war, and they provided over 90,000 tonnes of war supplies a day to the battlefields of Europe.

The Battle of the Atlantic was costly to Canada. Our navy lost 1,797 sailors and 32 ships. At least 319 Canadian sailors were wounded.

It was an important chapter in Canada?s history, filled with tragic sacrifices.

By attending local services citizens can help ensure the legacy of those who fought for our country with honour and dignity is not forgotten.



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