Battle of the Atlantic Ceremony in Truro Sunday

A parade and Service of Remembrance to honour those killed in the Battle of the Atlantic will take place today at the Truro Cenotaph.

Veterans of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Merchant Marine and the Air Force, along with the CPO Carroll Navy League Cadets, #88 Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, members of Branch #26 Royal Canadian Legion, Air Force Association #102 Wing and members of the various cadet corps from the Truro area will parade to the Cenotaph on Prince Street this morning.

The Battle of the Atlantic began in September 1939 with the sinking of the passenger ship Athena, and continued until Germany was defeated by the Allies in May 1945.

During the Second World War, German U-boats and surface raiders tried to sever Allied supply routes across the Atlantic Ocean in an effort to cripple the war effort in Europe.

According to a press release, a large majority of the 2000 members of the Royal Canadian Navy who died during the war were killed in the Battle of the Atlantic, as were 752 members of the Royal Canadian Air Force and 1600 Merchant Navy Seamen from Canada and Newfoundland.

The parade and Service of Remembrance will take place at 11:50 a.m. Sunday May 5 and the public is encouraged to attend.