Honour the Merchant Navy on Sept. 3

Dear editor,

Recently we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

I believe this to be the perfect opportunity to remind us all of the sacrifices made by the men of the Merchant Navy.

The Canadian Merchant Navy lost over 1,700 seamen during the Second World War. The British Merchant Navy lost in excess of 32,000, the highest per capita rate than any of the other forces.

During the conflict, the Merchant Navy saw continuous action in the longest battle of the war, the Battle of the Atlantic. Without them, there would have been no Battle of Britain or, indeed, other fronts around the world.

Admiral Leonard Murray stated, “The Battle of the Atlantic was not won by Navy or any Air Force, it was won by the courage, fortitude and determination of the British and Allied Merchant Navy.”

Part of Churchill’s speech, at the end of the war, included the following comment: “If blood was the price we had to pay for our freedom, the men of the Merchant Navies, have paid in full.”

Sept. 3 is designated in England, Canada and the rest of the Commonwealth as Merchant Navy Day. In honour of our war dead I respectfully request the Red Ensign is flown from City Hall and our Royal Canadian Legions.

Dennis McGuckin. (MN retired)

Comox Valley

 

Just Posted

Former volleyball star runs to kill cancer

Since 2012, Stephanie Kurz has been pushing herself to the limit as… Continue reading

Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre open for the summer

Winter is receding at Paradise Meadows, and it is time to start… Continue reading

Courtenay Elementary students lobby Town of Comox to clean up ocean plastic

Some Vancouver Island students are not just learning about the problem of… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Elusive ‘ghost whale’ surfaces near Campbell River

Ecotourism operator captures images of the rare white orca

Victoria mom describes finding son ‘gone’ on first day of coroners inquest into overdose death

Resulting recommendations could change handling of youth records amidst the overdose crisis

Dash-cam video in trial of accused cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over B.C. mining pollution

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines in B.C.’s Elk Valley

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak in Surrey

He’s keynote speaker at Surrey Environment and Business Awards luncheon by Surrey Board of Trade Sept. 17

Otters devour 150 trout at Kootenay hatchery

The hatchery has lost close to 150 fish in the past several months

B.C. church’s Pride flag defaced for second time in 12 days

Delta’s Ladner United Church says it will continue to fly the flag for Pride month

Most Read