Canadians commemorate Battle of the Atlantic

Don Ramsey, Zone Commander of Zone F-2 hoists the flag at Cobourg Legion Branch 133 on Friday, May...

Don Ramsey, Zone Commander of Zone F-2 hoists the flag at Cobourg Legion Branch 133 on Friday, May 2, 2014 in Cobourg, Ont. Every year the 1st Sunday in May is recognized as Battle of Atlantic Sunday to commemorate the longest unbroken Battle of World War II from early September 1939 until May 8th 1945. The Royal Canadian Navy lost 24 Warships and over 2,000 men as well as 1,700 Merchant Navy personnel. (Pete Fisher/QMI Agency)

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While many marked May 4 as Star Wars Day, tweeting May the Fourth Be With You ad nauseum, many across the country took the time to remember the Battle of the Atlantic Sunday.

The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest battle of the entire war and raged from September 1939 to May 1945, and claimed the lives of more than 4,600 Canadian service men and women.

"We remember and honour the brave Canadians who served on the Atlantic Ocean with Merchant Navy transport ships and Allied warships, and in air force planes flying above the seas during this pivotal Second World War struggle," Veterans Affairs Canada said on its site.

And in a post on its site, the Anglican Church of Canada said, "The elements were often as vicious as the foe, with raging storms, pack ice, bitter cold, fog, and the dense blackness of North Atlantic nights. The RCN (Royal Canadian Navy) and the Merchant Navy made nearly 26,000 safe crossings arrying over 181 million tons of supplies to Great Britain.

"Freedom was made secure. Thus we remember."


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