Seventy-third anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic marked in Kensington

Story and photos by Jim Brown

The Battle of the Atlantic ran World War Two’s entire six year duration, and it claimed more than 3,000 Allied ships and 40,000 seamen by the time the war ended.

The Battle of the Atlantic was fought under some of harshest and cruelest conditions of the war. It was a life and death struggle to keep essential supply lines to Great Britain open during the war’s darkest days when an Axis victory in Europe seemed inevitable.

Thirty-three Canadian ships, including merchant ships, were lost and so were thousands of Canadians.

At 11 am, Sunday, May 6, members of HMCS Queen Charlotte, the Prince Edward Island Regiment Band, the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps and the Royal Canadian Legion Party assembled at Kensington’s Veterans Memorial Gardens for a parade to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the campaign, which is remembered every year on the first Sunday in May. Shortly afterwards a bash was held at the Kensington Legion for parade participants and members of the public.

PEI Senator Mike Duffy, centre, was one of several dignitaries attending the Battle of the Atlantic ceremonies in Kensington May 6,

Cornwall resident Nick MacBane brought his dog Darby with him to the Battle of the Atlantic ceremonies.