This has been a very difficult summer for many Canadians, as the pandemic and its variants continue to bedevil us, and forest fires have affected the homes and health of many, especially in western Canada. Two members of your Board of Directors have experienced very recent personal tragedies, with the death of Connie Mitchell, wife of our Treasurer, Barry Mitchell, and Michel Bockus, son of our Secretary, Lucette Mailloux. We offer them the heartfelt condolences of all HKVCA members.
I was delighted to see that many of you participated in commemoration ceremonies on V-J Day. You’ll find photos and brief write ups on several of these in this newsletter. A big “thank you” to the organizers of these ceremonies!
A big “Happy Birthday” to George MacDonell, who celebrated his 99th birthday on August 5!
On June 21, we held our last virtual event of the season, one of four very successful sessions. There were between 80 and 130 people in attendance at each of these, which I consider to be a very good turnout. The June event was held in concert with the Royal Canadian Military Institute, and quite a few of their members attended. I hope this was the first of many such collaborations. My sincere thanks to the speakers who worked very hard to prepare and deliver such captivating and informative presentations!
If you have missed any of these events, I encourage you to watch them via our YouTube channel.
We have three very interesting virtual events planned for our fall season (all at 7:30 pm ET):
|Sept. 27||7:30pm (Eastern)||Indigenous Soldiers in ‘C’ Force: presented by Pam Heinrichs (Poster at the end of this newsletter)|
|October 20||7:30pm (Eastern)||A Hong Kong Time Capsule, presented by Nancy Hamer Strahl|
|November 22||7:30pm (Eastern)||“The Fence” (a documentary), presented by its director, Viveka Melki|
And in December you’ll be able to watch the live streaming of the annual commemorative Ceremony at Sai Wan War Cemetery in Hong Kong, presented by the Consulate of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao.
Please watch your email, our website and our Facebook pages for more information on these events and how to register for them.
I’d like to especially thank Jon Stebbe, grandson of Hong Kong Veteran Larry Stebbe, who has very generously donated the time and skills of one of his advertising agency’s employees to prepare the ads for these events.
In our last newsletter Pam Heinrichs introduced our program to identify and honour Hong Kong Veterans of Indigenous heritage. Several families have responded and we encourage more of you to step forward so that we can properly recognize these men.
Virtual Mapping Project
Professor Kwong Chi Man of the Hong Kong Baptist University, has just announced that he and his team have launched their virtual mapping project of the Battle of Hong Kong. Read more about this exciting project elsewhere in this newsletter!
Although I know that quite a few of you still cherish your paper copies of the newsletter, you can see that we are moving towards delivering more and more of our materials by electronic means. There is a richness to this material that just can’t be provided on paper. Dr Kwong’s project and our virtual events are but two examples of this. I encourage you to dive into our digital offerings!
Please protect yourselves and your loved ones by getting vaccinated, and stay safe!
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM