Feature Story                                                                                                   Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Ready Aye Ready

Chilliwack pays tribute to lives lost in the Battle of the Atlantic

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The Chilliwack Colour Guard leads the 349 Sea Cadets squadron down Main Street to the cenotaph on Sunday.


light rain fell on parade participants during the Battle of the Atlantic ceremony in Chilliwack on Sunday. The annual tribute commemorates lives lost during World War II, in particular, the Battle of the Atlantic.


The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest military campaign in World War II that ran from 1939 until Germany was defeated in 1945. The Allied naval blockade of Germany who had U-boats and other warships of the German Navy and an Air Force fighting against the Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Navy and Allied merchant shipping vessels.


Convoys from North America and the United Kingdom, as well as the Soviet Union, were protected by British and Canadian navies and air forces. They were assisted by ships and aircraft from the United States. The Germans were accompanied by the Italian Royal Navy.

Minister of Veterans Affairs Marks 71st Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic.


The 349 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Chilliwack along with Royal Canadian Legions Branch #4, Branch #280 and the Army, Navy, Air Force Veterans were represented at the Chilliwack ceremony.


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Federal government release:


The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement marking May 4th as the 71st anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic:


"We remember the month of May in 1943 as the turning point in the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest running battle of the Second World War, and a game changer for the Allies who gained the upper hand over the German U-boats.


"The heroism of the thousands of men and women serving in the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Merchant Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force gave the Allies a crucial victory by maintaining the Allied supply routes across the Atlantic between North America and Great Britain.


"Today, we also remember and pay tribute to the 4,600 men and women who lost their lives during the Battle of the Atlantic. We will never forget the bravery of the Canadians who served in this historic battle."


For more information about the Battle of the Atlantic, visit www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/history/second-world-war/historical-sheets/atlantic.



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