Those who perished at sea during the Battle of the Atlantic are honoured each year on the first Sunday in May by the Canadian naval community.

“The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest, and one of the most important, campaigns of the Second World War. It was won through the courage, determination, and strength of thousands of Canadians who served and fought – or built and supported the warships which did. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Naval Reserve, which totaled over 80% of the Royal Canadian Navy during this vital battle. Today, we remember them, alongside all those who fought and sacrificed at sea for our freedom,” said Vice Admiral Angus Topshee, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy.

The 78th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic was celebrated by Canadians from coast to coast to coast on May 7th. Local ceremonies and commemorative events were held in communities from around Canada and included important public events at His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Haida in Hamilton, Ont., as well as events in Quebec City, QC.

The Battle of the Atlantic represents the longest campaign of the Second World War. Thousands of Canadians, served, fought valiantly, and sacrificed their very lives.  

This year’s event also aligned with the 100th anniversary of the Naval Reserve Centennial. This acknowledges the critical contributions that were made by Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve citizen-sailors between 1939 and 1945.