Friday, April 30, 2010
Canadian Navy Marks Naval Centennial
Ottawa April 30, 2010 - Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 marks the commemoration and celebration of the Canadian Naval Centennial (CNC). Throughout the centennial year, the Canadian Navy is celebrating 100 years of naval service in Canada.
"It has always been a challenge to overcome maritime blindness in Canada, but the extraordinary work of our sailors is helping to demonstrate the amazing capability of the naval service and the important role the navy plays in Canada." says Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, Chief of the Maritime Staff. "The purpose of the Canadian Navy's centennial is not just to celebrate our achievements or tell the story of our navy; it is also to publicly renew our commitment to Canada and to the future. The support of Canadian citizens allows us to do the job we have been assigned and we thank the people of Canada for recognizing this important time in Canadian naval history and for sharing it with us."
Although May 4th, 1910 is the date that Royal Assent was given to the Naval Service Act thereby establishing the Department of Naval Service, several official naval centennial events will be held across the country throughout the year.
On Sunday, May 2, 2010 the three formations of the Canadian Navy, headquartered in Halifax, Quebec City and Esquimalt, along with Maritime Command in Ottawa and Canada's 24 Naval Reserve Units across the country will all hold commemorative services to mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic.
On Monday, May 3, 2010 Canada Post will unveil a set of two commemorative stamps at the Canadian War Museum, celebrating the Canadian Navy's 100th anniversary .The stamps will be available to the public on the following day (May 4th).
Tuesday May 4, 2010, will see a host of events across the country:
At 10 a.m., in the presence of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, Chief of the Maritime Staff, will present a ship's bell, the Canadian Navy Centennial Bell, to the people of Canada in a ceremony held in the Senate Chamber on Parliament Hill. Then, in the afternoon at 1:30 p.m., Vice-Admiral McFadden will be joined by Marie Lemay, CEO NCC, and Dr. Mark Kristmanson, Director of Programming NCC, to break ground for the national naval monument at Richmond Landing behind the Library of Archives.
At 9:30 a.m. local time, Maritime Forces Pacific will exercise its "Freedom of the City" of Victoria. Rear Admiral Tyrone Pile, Commander Maritime Forces Pacific, will lead a parade of more than 2,700 Canadian Forces members and the Naden Band through downtown Victoria. Following the parade, the Naden Band and the Guard of Honour will return to the corner of Government and Wharf Streets for the unveiling and dedication of the "Homecoming Statue".
At 10 a.m. local time, Maritime Forces Atlantic will exercise its "Freedom of the City" of Halifax. Rear-Admiral Paul Maddison, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic and more than 2,000 sailors and members of Maritime Forces Atlantic will parade through the streets of Halifax to City Hall.
The Canadian Navy is planning other events throughout 2010 year to mark this significant moment in Canada's naval history within the context of the centennial theme of "Bring the Navy to Canadians" -with events aimed at honouring the past, showcasing the current navy and reinforcing the requirement for the future navy. The centennial slogan of "Commemorate, Celebrate and Commit" reflects the Canadian Navy's broad aims in marking this historic national event.
For a full list of centennial events please visit: www.canadiannavy100.forces.gc.ca