ET2012-0099-17
06 May 2012
Victoria, British Columbia

Chief and Petty Officers association members lay a wreath in front of the Cenotaph.

Maritime Forces Pacific personnel participate in a Battle of the Atlantic commemorative ceremony in Victoria, BC on Sunday, May 6 at 10:30 a.m.

Led by the Naden Band of Maritime Forces Pacific, veterans of the Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force and Canadian Merchant Navy march from Ship Point, below Wharf Street, to the Legislature. They are followed by todays serving members of the Royal Canadian Navy and other Canadian Forces personnel from CFB Esquimalt, the ships of Canadian Fleet Pacific, and Victorias Naval Reserve Division, HMCS Malahat. Royal Canadian Sea Cadets from the corps in Esquimalt, Langford and Sidney represent area youth.

The Battle of the Atlantic secured the supply lines from North America to Great Britain during the Second World War and ultimately made the allied D-Day invasion possible. For 69 months the Royal Canadian Navy escorted over 25,000 ships to Europe from 1939 to 1945. It was the longest, largest and most complex battle of the Second World War. German submarines attacked 22 ships in the St. Lawrence River, some within a short distance of Quebec City. Of the 24 Canadian warship lost, eight went down in coastal waters, including HMCS Esquimalt, on April 16, 1945. The Navy lost 2,300 sailors. Seventy-one Canadian or Newfoundland merchant ships were sunk and over 2,200 men and women died. The RCAF lost 700 aircrew.

Image by; Corporal Michael Bastien, MARPAC Imaging Services
2012 DND-MND Canada

A flower, a poem, a campaign

Nowadays, Remembrance Day includes all wars that have occurred since the Great War.

  • Nov. 11, 2020 7:30 a.m.

Remembrance Day on Nov. 11th commemorates the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year 1918.

This is when the Armistice was signed and is also the date marking the official end of the First World War.

To commemorate this day, you are invited to participate in the annual Poppy Campaign, the Royal Canadian Legion’s main source of fundraising, which allows this organization to continue its work with veterans in need.

Nowadays, Remembrance Day includes all wars that have occurred since the Great War.

Indeed, there has not been a single day since 1918 that has not been marked by a war or armed conflict somewhere on this planet.

So, to put an end to all wars, people across the country wear poppies in their lapels and decorate war memorials with wreaths and bunches of poppies on Nov. 11th.

Why poppies?

Because this red flower recalls the famous poem In Flanders Fields, written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae during the First World War.

This is the most frequently read and quoted poem about war.

It is the mention of poppies in the first and last verses that has turned this flower into an emblem of remembrance and a symbol of new growth in the devastation left by war.

We must all remember the terrible toll wrought by the First World War: the death of 16.5 million people, including 9.7 million military personnel.

The Second World War, the bloodiest conflict in our history, saw the deaths of 60 million souls, one-third of which were mili­tary personnel.

Visit www.veterans.gc.ca for more information about the Remem­brance Day campaign.

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