Canada Remembers the Battle of the Atlantic
May 3, 2010
OTTAWA, ON -May 3, 2010- Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement today in the House of Commons regarding the 67th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic.
“Mr. Speaker, one of the most important struggles in the Second World War was the Battle of the Atlantic. It was a military engagement that lasted six long years.
The campaign was fought on the vast battleground of the north Atlantic, where many Canadian sailors and civilians sailed under constant threat of German U-boats. It was a struggle to sustain the vital lifelines of supplies from Canada’s east coast to Great Britain and the European front.
In the end, we were victorious. But a terrible price was paid for that victory. More than 4,600 courageous men and women lost their lives at sea. These Canadians who joined the navy, the air force, the infantry, the women’s reserve, and the merchant marine to help in the fight against oppression and tyranny must never be forgotten. They helped create freedom for all Canadians.
We honour the sacrifices of those who died in the frigid waters of the north Atlantic and of those who lived to tell the tale. We owe these brave Canadians an enormous debt of gratitude for their valour and sacrifice.
We must never forget these brave men and women.
Canada remembers the Battle of the Atlantic.”
For more information on Canada’s contribution in the Battle of the Atlantic, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.