Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the sinking of HMCS Athabaskan
A commemorative ceremony to mark the largest loss of life in the Royal Canadian Navy’s history takes place at Royal Roads University Monday, April 29.
Those connected to the story of HMCS Athabaskan, which sunk off the coast of Brittany in 1944 in the lead up to D-Day, are invited to a private service in the Hatley Castle Drawing Room at 3 p.m. Seating is limited. To reserve your spot, please contact Geoffrey Bird, associate professor and project lead for the War Heritage Research Initiative.
A public wreath laying will take place at the cenotaph in the Italian Garden at 4 p.m. This small cenotaph includes the name of Robert Annett, a young officer who served and perished on Athabaskan after graduating in 1943 from Royal Roads Naval College, now Royal Roads University. Nearby École John Stubbs Memorial School carries the name of the captain of Athabaskan.
The event is part of Royal Roads University’s War Heritage Research Initiative. Led by Prof. Bird, the project has produced more than 30 documentary vignettes on sites of war memory, exploring the relationship between sites of war memory, heritage and remembrance.
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