Huge crowd in attendance to remember the Battle of the Atlantic
Hundreds of Canadian military officers commemorated the lives lost during the longest single campaign of the Second World War; the Battle of the Atlantic.
Members of the military, veterans, cadets and the Naden Band paraded down Government Street to the Cenotaph at the BC Legislature.
On the first Sunday in May each year, people gather to remember the sacrifices made and lives lost during the campaign.
The struggle during the Second World War lasted from September 1939 to May 1945.
Britain, as an island nation, was heavily dependent on important goods to able to survive and fight.
And those goods came from mostly Canadian and American ships.
Winston Churchill said the Battle of the Atlantic was the dominating factor all through the war.
World War Two veteran Peter Eastick says it’s important to remember the sacrifice of so many.
“It means a lot to me to remember the guys I served with those who were m friends lost at sea and we all had to due our duty.
Had to be done.”
Cdr. Bridgitte Boutin spoke on behalf of CFB Esquimalt.
“Today we recognize the heavy loss of Canadian Navy and Canadian Army during the Battle of the Atlantic.
It was very heavy.
We lost a number of ships and today we vow to remember them and this is what we do today.”
Thousands lost their lives protecting shipping lanes during the six years of war.