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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.

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 the four 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 8, 2019 (Sunday)
Venue: Sai Wan War Cemetery, Cape Collinson Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong (map)
Time: 10:00am*

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. The ceremony is open to all and the Consulate General of Canada welcomes you to join in the commemoration.

If you are interested in attending, please send an email to by November 27, 2019.

*Please note there is no parking at the cemetery. A complimentary shuttle bus will depart from Edinburgh Place, (between City Hall and the General Post Office in Central) at 8:40am sharp and return following the ceremony. If you would like to use the shuttle bus service, please ensure your RSVP includes your name, the names of those who will be accompanying you and the number of seats that you would like to reserve on our shuttle service.


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