Hello everyone! I hope that despite the hardships brought on by the terrible forest fire situation affecting many Canadians, you have been able to enjoy your summer.
Many of us attended V-J Day commemorations across the country last month, and I’d like to thank all of you who did so, and especially those who were involved in organizing these wonderful events.
Just two short years away is the 80th anniversary of the release and repatriation of Canada’s ‘C’ Force POWs, and our Board of Directors has decided that we will recognize this very significant occasion with some high-profile commemorative events and programs to properly remember and honour the bravery and sacrifices of ‘C’ Force, and to communicate their legacy to all Canadians.
We want to do this right, so we are establishing an 80th Anniversary Organizing Committee whose mission will be to create the 80th Anniversary plan and implement it. We invite enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers interested in serving on this committee to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We especially welcome those with good organizational and communications skills. Event management experience would be an asset. Because the committee will be geographically dispersed, the ability to participate in Zoom meetings and use email are essential (you do not need to have a Zoom account).
Even if you’re not interested in joining the committee, we welcome your ideas on how we can honour and perpetuate the legacy of the veterans of the Battle of Hong Kong. Please send your ideas and suggestions to email@example.com for the committee to consider.
Pitch in and let’s do our veterans proud!
There are hundreds of Legion branches and dozens of military museums large and small across Canada. Hong Kong Veterans lived in many of these communities, but only a handful display any information about the Battle of Hong Kong. We have a terrific plaque that would shine in these places. And it’s free! We offer horizontal (as above) and vertical versions. Aussi offert en français! For more information, visit our plaque information page.
Make your own personal 80th Anniversary project to place one or more of these plaques in your community.
Our virtual events program will resume on Monday, September 18 at 7:30pm ET. The speaker is Michael Petrou, historian at the Canadian War Museum. Michael has conducted over 200 interviews with veterans and family members, including Hong Kong veteran families. Join us to hear some of the fascinating stories Michael has uncovered.
Look for your invitation to register in your email and on Facebook in early September. Or register right now.
The following month (October 23) our own Jim Trick, webmaster extraordinaire, will take us behind the scenes of our newly revamped website, which has received high praise from the many people who use it for learning about the Battle or for more serious research. He will be joined by Lori Atkinson Smith who is an Administrator on our Facebook Group and who updates our Individual Report details on a regular basis.This will be a great opportunity to get answers to your website and newsletter questions as well.
We will remember them.