Battle of the Atlantic ceremony held in Yarmouth

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Yarmouth’s Killam Brothers Wharf was the setting for a Sunday afternoon ceremony commemorating the Battle of the Atlantic.

Participants in the event included members of the Royal Canadian Legion and sea cadets.

The ceremony included readings, prayers and the throwing of wreaths into the water.

The Shantymen performed some songs.

The rain stopped in time for the start of the 2 p.m. event and the sun broke through before it was over.

In advance of Sunday’s ceremony, Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino issued the following statement marking May 4 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."


Organizations: Royal Canadian Legion, Shantymen, Veterans Affairs Royal Canadian Navy Canadian Merchant Navy Canadian Air Force

Geographic location: Atlantic, Yarmouth, North America Great Britain

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