Battle of the Atlantic ceremony remembers Canada’s war contribution

The ceremony is particularly important for Admiral Mainguy sea cadets. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Sea cadets from the Admiral Mainguy corps march away from the Duncan Cenotaph May 5. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The Legion colour guard arrives at the Duncan Cenotaph for the Battle of the Atlantic memorial service. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The Legion colour guard leaves the ceremony at the Duncan Cenotaph. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Dwight Grieve, chairman of the Legion’s BC & Yukon Command, lays a wreath during the ceremony remembering the Battle of the Atlantic. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
CPO2 Jessie McCoy talks about Canada’s important role in the history of the Battle of the Atlantic. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
A veteran salutes during the God Save the Queen during the Battle of the Atlantic memorial service May 5. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Dwight Grieve, chairman of the Legion’s BC Yukon Command, talks to three Legion members before the service May 5. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Flags add brilliant colour to the ceremony for those who died during the Battle of the Atlantic. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
A large contingent of Admiral Mainguy sea cadets join the ceremony at the Duncan Cenotaph on Sunday, May 5. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
A moment of silence remembers those who fought and died in the Battle of the Atlantic. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Padre David Stirling offers prayers for the fallen during the memorial ceremony at the Cenotaph. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
As each Canadian ship lost during the Second World War’s Battle of the Atlantic is named, a cadet rings a bell by the Duncan Cenotaph. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Legion member Ruth Chaster, age 93, still makes sure to attend memorial ceremonies. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
A salute to those who died is an important part of the ceremony remembering the Battle of the Atlantic. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Three sea cadets from the Admiral Mainguy squadron, from left, CPO2 Jessie McCoy, CPO1 Liam Knott, and MS Matthew Day, salute the Duncan Cenotaph. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Colourful flags and military ceremony remember Canada’s contribution to the Battle of the Atlantic. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

The Cowichan Valley gathered at the Duncan Cenotaph at Charles Hoey Park on Sunday, May 5 to remember the sacrifices of the Second World War’s Battle of the Atlantic.

With a large contingent from the #100 Admiral Mainguy Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps, members of the St. John Ambulance Corps, the colour party and members from Royal Canadian Legion Br. #53 Duncan, the padre from Royal Canadian Legion Br. #210 Lake Cowichan, plus Dwight Grieve from the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #121 and BC Yukon Command, the Mayor of Duncan, Michelle Staples, and members of the public, there was wide representation at the event.

It’s a special day for the sea cadets, in particular as they honour those who “went down to the sea in ships” and never returned.

Canada played a strong role in this aspect of the war, as supply convoys were needed to keep Great Britain supplied as the conflict dragged on. Cadets spoke on the history of the campaign, and then a roll call of the ships sunk during the battle was accompanied by bell-ringing.

Prayers, salutes, and wreath-laying showed that the sacrifices of this, one of Canada’s great contributions to the war, have not been forgotten.

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