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The Government of Canada is mandated to keep the memory of the achievements and sacrifices of the men and women who served for Canada alive. The Canada Remembers Program endeavours to honour those who served Canada in times of war and peace; to engage communities in remembrance of these achievements and sacrifices; and, to promote an understanding of their significance in Canadian life as we know it today. [ more ...]

60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LIBERATION OF HONG KONG PRISONERS OF WAR

Liberation

One of the ways of fulfilling this commemorative mandate is by organizing pilgrimages to former battlefield sites to mark milestone anniversaries of significant wartime events in which Canada figured prominently. The veterans who take part in these pilgrimages represent the units and services which participated in the original event, or provided support to them. The delegates are nominated by their former regiments and the other veterans' organizations. By returning them to their former battlefields and the surrounding war cemeteries, Canada pays tribute to the participating veterans, focuses public attention on the experiences of all veterans of that wartime event and pays its respects to those who were left behind. Canada had a policy of burying its war dead near where they fell so these pilgrimages are one way of demonstrating that neither time nor distance shall lessen our remembrance.

In December 2005, six Second World War veterans returned to Hong Kong for a Veterans Affairs Canada pilgrimage to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Hong Kong Prisoners of War.  During the pilgrimage, the veterans, who participated in the Battle of Hong Kong, visited their former battlefields and the war cemeteries where hundreds of their comrades are buried or commemorated. The delegation participated in a number of commemorative events including three commemorative plaque dedication ceremonies and a Service of Remembrance at Sai Wan Bay War Cemetery.

Visit this site for photos of the pilgrimage.

MEMORIAL WALL  IN OTTAWA, CANADA  HONOURING VETERANS OF THE BATTLE OF HONG KONG

MEMORIAL WALL  IN OTTAWA, CANADA  HONOURING VETERANS OF THE BATTLE OF HONG KONG

The Hong Kong Memorial Wall, unveiled in Ottawa, Canada on August 15 2009, honours the Canadians who fought to defend Hong Kong during the Second World War .  The wall is located on National Capital Commission property at the corner of King Edward Avenue and Sussex Drive.  It is a six-metre granite wall, etched with the names of all the Canadians who fought in the Battle of Hong Kong.  On one side are the names of the 961 members of the Royal Rifles, and on the other side are the names of 911 Winnipeg Grenadiers.  The 106 members of brigade headquarters, including doctors, dentists and chaplins, are listed on either end of the memorial.  A complete list of the names can be found here.

The memorial is erected by the Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association (HKVCA ) following the fundraising campaign launched by the Association in 2007, and built on land made available by the National Capital Commission  (NCC) .  "The National Capital Commission is proud that this monument will stand in the heart of the Capital Region to tell Canadians and visitors the story of those who fought to defend Hong Kong and to ensure that we as a nation do not forget their efforts," said Marie Lemay,  the Chief Executive Officer of the NCC . "The NCC is pleased to have had the opportunity to work with the Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association of Canada to achieve this significant and meaningful monument."

More information about the Memorial Wall and the HKVCA efforts.
Details regarding the unveiling ceremony.

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Date Modified:
2013-11-21