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Canadian Commemorative Service in Hong Kong

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The Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong holds an annual commemoration ceremony at the Sai Wan War Cemetery

The Canadian Commemorative Ceremony honours the 1,975 Canadian soldiers who bravely fought to defend Hong Kong during the Second World War and remembers the 550 who died here, in battle or captivity. Held annually at the Sai Wan War Cemetery since 1947, this important event takes place on a Sunday in early December, representing the start of hostilities in Hong Kong on December 8, 1941. It was in Hong Kong that Canadian soldiers first committed to battle in the Second World War. They were the last to come home. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Hong Kong.

Every year, veterans of the Second World War join Canada’s Consul General, local VIPs and leading members of the Canadian community in Hong Kong to pay their tribute and lay wreaths. Youth involvement through the participation of Canadian curriculum schools in Hong Kong and Macao, the 1st Hong Kong Canadian Scout Group and the Hong Kong Adventure Corps, is a highlight of the programme.

Date: December 5, 2021 (Sunday)
Time: 10:00am (Hong Kong Time)

The ceremony gives us the opportunity to honour the courage of the men and women of the Canadian Forces, both past and present, and the great sacrifices they have made in the defence of Canadian values.

In order to comply with the COVID-19 regulations imposed by the Hong Kong SAR Government, the ceremony is strictly open only to invitees and attendance will be limited this year. The Consulate General of Canada will live stream the ceremony on its official Facebook pages, so would-be spectators can join in the commemoration virtually. You are also welcome to pay your respects at the Sai Wan War Cemetery, the Stanley Military Cemetery and the Commemorative Plaques in Hong Kong at any other time. Thank you for your understanding.

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