Re­mem­ber­ing those that served

Bat­tle of the At­lantic pa­rade to take place in North Syd­ney on Sunday

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A com­mem­o­ra­tion of one of the im­por­tant mil­i­tary cam­paigns of the Sec­ond World War will take place on Sunday in North Syd­ney with the Bat­tle of the At­lantic pa­rade and me­mo­rial ser­vice.

Royal Cana­dian Le­gion branch 19 in North Syd­ney is host­ing the event and the pa­rade and ser­vice is un­der the di­rec­tion of the Cape Bre­ton Naval As­so­ci­a­tion.

The Bat­tle of the At­lantic is con­sid­ered the long­est con­tin­u­ous mil­i­tary cam­paign of the Sec­ond World War, running from 1930 to the de­feat of Ger­many in 1945.

Dur­ing that time, the Cana­dian Navy and the Mer­chant Marines pro­tected the sup­ply lines for the Al­lied Forces.

“It means an aw­ful lot to the naval vet­er­ans. We put a lot of time into plan­ning and mak­ing a suc­cess­ful pa­rade and church ser­vice,” said Nando Maza­lin, pub­lic re­la­tions spokesper­son for the pa­rade and ser­vice.

“Usu­ally all the mem­bers of the naval vet­er­ans are there and the fam­i­lies as well. We like to see them line the streets as they pa­rade by. It is some­thing we look for­ward to.”

Though it be­gan the war with 13 ves­sels and only 3,000 men, the Royal Cana­dian Navy ended the war with 373 fight­ing ships and more than 90,000 men.

It is es­ti­mated that more than 25,000 mer­chant ship voy­ages were made from North Amer­ica to Bri­tain dur­ing the war and 72

Cana­dian mer­chant ships were lost to en­emy ac­tion dur­ing that time.

For lo­cal com­mem­o­ra­tions of Canada’s sea­far­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the war, pa­rade par­tic­i­pants are asked to fall in at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday at the Bal­last Grounds to ready for the pa­rade march to St. Joseph’s Church at 3 p.m.

The pa­rade com­man­der will be Wal­ter Ste­wart.

The eyes-right salut­ing will take place on the pa­rade route and tak­ing the sa­lute will be Sec­ond World War naval veteran Charles Buchanan.

The Cape Bre­ton Sea Cadet Corps cadets will join the naval vet­er­ans, which has be­come a pa­rade tra­di­tion through the years.

At the me­mo­rial in St. Joseph’s Church the main wreath

laid will be in the form of a ship’s an­chor.

The ser­vice will be con­ducted by Fr. Pa­trick O’Neil, Rev. Dar­ius Pow­ell, Dea­con Leo Penny and Martin MacKin­non, pres­i­dent of the Cape Bre­ton Naval Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion.

A can­dle­light ser­vice is also set for Sunday at branch 19 in North Syd­ney con­ducted by Sec­ond World War veteran Stan MacPhail.

This naval tra­di­tion sees the lost naval ships and the men and women who served in the

navy re­mem­bered.

Each lost navy ship will be named dur­ing the cer­e­mony, a bell will toll and the can­dles will be ex­tin­guished.

Guest speak­ers will be Mayor Ce­cil Clarke and Coun. Ear­lene MacMullin of the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

A sup­per and dance will fol­low.

The Cape Bre­ton Naval Vet­er­ans meet at the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion branch 12 in Syd­ney ev­ery sec­ond Tues­day of each month at 2 p.m.

Mem­ber­ship is open to all navy per­son­nel now serv­ing and those who have served in the Royal Cana­dian Navy, Mer­chant Marines, Naval Re­serves, the Cana­dian Coast Guard and on Cana­dian na­tional ships.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

A con­voy of 37 ships leaves Syd­ney har­bour in 1942, on its way to the Bri­tish Isles. In the background is north­ern Cape Bre­ton and Cape North.

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