The Canadian Commemorative Ceremony honours the 1,975 Canadian soldiers who bravely fought to defend Hong Kong during the Second World War and remembers the 550 who died here, in battle or captivity. Held annually at the Sai Wan War Cemetery since 1947, this important event takes place on a Sunday in early December, representing the start of hostilities in Hong Kong on December 8, 1941. It was in Hong Kong that Canadian soldiers first committed to battle in the Second World War. They were the last to come home.
Every year, veterans of the Second World War join Canada’s Consul General and leading members of the Canadian community in Hong Kong to pay their tribute and lay wreaths. Youth involvement through the participation of the Canadian International School Choir, the 1st Hong Kong Canadian Scout Group and the Hong Kong Adventure Corps, is a highlight of the programme.
The 2012 Ceremony was particularly special. It was advanced to November 11, Remembrance Day, such that the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, and his delegation would be able to attend the ceremony on Remembrance Day during their visit to Hong Kong. The Consulate General of Canada was also pleased to welcome Canadian Battle of Hong Kong veteran, Mr. Kenneth Pifher, and the family of the late Lieutenant-Commander William Lore, who was the first Chinese-Canadian to join the Royal Canadian Navy.
The ceremony gives us the opportunity to honour the brave men and women who served in the Canadian Forces, both past and present, and the great sacrifices they made in the defence of freedom. The ceremony is open to all and the Consulate General of Canada welcomes you to join in the commemoration of the brave soldiers.
If you are interested in attending, please send an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Please note there is no parking at the cemetery. A complimentary shuttle bus will depart from Edinburgh Place, Central (near the General Post Office) at 9:00am and return following the service. Please note in your email your name and the names of those who will be accompanying you and if you would like to reserve a seat on our shuttle service.