MP Royal Galipeau Marks the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic

OTTAWA, May 5, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orleans, marked the 70th anniversary of the turning point of Battle of the Atlantic today at a commemorative wreath-laying ceremony held at the National War Memorial.

"Today we recognize the brave Canadians who played a key role in the struggle to overcome the enemy threat and keep the flow of merchant ships moving across the Atlantic during the Second World War," said Minister Blaney. "Their selfless dedication allowed essential provisions to cross the Atlantic Ocean and reach those fighting to restore peace and freedom in Europe. We proudly mark the 70th anniversary of the turning point that helped lead the Allies to victory."

The Battle of the Atlantic was Canada's single longest continuous military engagement of the Second World War, lasting from September 1939 to May 1945. The Merchant Navy provided a crucial lifeline across the Atlantic between North America and Britain which was threatened from the very beginning of the war. For almost six years, members of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Merchant Navy courageously braved the dangerous and freezing waters of the North Atlantic to ensure vital supplies reached Europe. Improvements to Allied ships, aircraft, radar, weapons, intelligence gathering and anti-submarine tactics finally saw the Battle of the Atlantic reach a turning point in May 1943.

"More than 4,600 courageous Canadian men and women died at sea during one of the Second World War's most difficult and lengthy battles," said MP Galipeau. "We are immensely grateful for their service and sacrifices, and for all those incredible men and women who served during the Battle of the Atlantic."

Seventy years later, Veterans Affairs Canada and Canadians recognize this significant milestone through support of ceremonies and events held across Canada and overseas. For more information on the Battle of the Atlantic and commemorative events in your area, please visit

2013 is the Year of the Korean War Veteran―Canada proudly remembers the heroes of the Korean War and their brave fight to uphold freedom, democracy and the rule of law.

Note to editors: Although the Battle of the Atlantic was fought from 1939 until 1945, May 1943 has been recognized as the date of the turning point in the battle when the Allied forces finally gained the upper hand and managed to "turn the tide" against the German U-boat threat. However, the battle went on until May 1945 and wasn't over until the last day of the war in Europe (V-E Day). This being said, VAC recognizes the turning point, hence the 70th anniversary of the battle, in 2013.

SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada

For further information:

Media inquiries:
Janice Summerby
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada

Jean-Christophe de Le Rue
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs


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