Naval veterans from around Oceanside will converge on the Qualicum Beach Legion on Sunday, May 1 to mark the anniversary of the longest — and possibly most crucial battles of the Second World War.
The Battle of the Atlantic saw 25 Canadian ships take 1,243 sailors to a watery grave, along with 63 merchant navy ships and 1,629 lives. With the provisioning of fortress England at stake, winning this battle was crucial to the eventual triumph of the Allies.
The service, slated for 10:30 a.m., will feature a local naval veteran sharing his experience during those dark days. As well, former CFMETR commander Gerry Laporte will give an address to members of the Royal Canadian Legion and Sea Cadets and others in attendance.
Following the service, various dignitaries will lay wreaths at the Cenotaph.