Battle of the Atlantic Ceremony Commemorates 75th Anniversary

A ceremony has been held in Windsor to commemorate the Battle of the Atlantic and the sacrifices made by Canadian Naval personnel.

The event at Dieppe Park was attended by representatives of all services in the Armed Forces of Canada.

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Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Ceremony, Dieppe Park, May 5, 2019 (by AM800's Gord Bacon)

Among those watching was Tim Kavanagh whose 12-year-old son Gergely is with the 364 Lancaster Squadron of the Air Cadets.

Kavanagh says he has several reasons for marking the day.

He says it's important for Canadians to realize who sacrificed to allow this country to be free.

"We forget how we got this lovely place.  I was just commenting to my wife, look at this lovely day look at the peace all around us.  We've got the ability to enjoy this kind of commemoration, in other parts of the world bombs are dropping."

The ceremony made special note of the sinking of the HMCS Athabaskan 75 years ago and the 128 men who lost their lives.

-- with files from Gord Bacon --