The Penticton Naval Veterans Association will be commemorating those lost at sea on May 1 outside the S.S. Sicamous in Penticton. The anchor that was located outside the former Royal Canadian Legion Branch 40 headquarters on Martin Street has been relocated to the paddlewheeler. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

The Penticton Naval Veterans Association will be commemorating those lost at sea on May 1 outside the S.S. Sicamous in Penticton. The anchor that was located outside the former Royal Canadian Legion Branch 40 headquarters on Martin Street has been relocated to the paddlewheeler. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Ceremony at Penticton’s S.S. Sicamous to commemorate those lost at sea during WWII

The ceremony will include the dedication of an anchor on Sunday, May 1 at 11 a.m.

The Penticton Naval Veterans Association will be commemorating those lost at sea with an anchor and ceremony held at the S.S. Sicamous on Sunday, May 1.

On the first Sunday of May each year, Canada and its naval community hold ceremonies across the country to recognize those lost at sea during the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest single campaign of the Second World War.

The gathering on May 1 will be held outside on the S.S. Sicamous at 11 a.m., and will include the dedication of the anchor.

The anchor was originally placed outside the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 40’s former location on Martin Street.

The Naval Veterans Association refurbished the anchor ahead of its current placement at the S.S. Sicamous.

During the Battle of the Atlantic, Canada’s navy began with escorting supply ships through the U-boat filled waters. Starting with a force just 3,000 strong and with only six destroyers, the Canadian Navy grew to over 90,000 by the end of the war.

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