Shortly after the end of WWII and the repatriation of Canada’s Hong Kong POWs, the Veterans began meeting and soon formed an association, the Hong Kong Veterans Association (HKVA). Forty years later, as the number of living Veterans was diminishing, thoughts turned to how the legacy of ‘C' Force would continue to be honoured. The result was the establishment of the Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association. This year is the 30th anniversary of the founding of the HKVCA. Carol Hadley was one of those who played a large part in establishing our Association, and I direct you to her article elsewhere in this newsletter where she discusses the goals that were established for the HKVCA all those years ago. With the hard work of many of our members, those goals - and more - have been achieved!
Passing the Torch
The symbol in the graphic is, I think, very appropriate - passing the torch from the Veterans to their descendants and friends.
But passing the torch can’t happen without willing workers. We need volunteers who will help ensure that the Battle of Hong Kong and the role of Canada’s 'C' Force does not disappear from sight as we lose our last Veterans.
Please consider volunteering your time. There are lots of opportunities, for example: the Teachers’ Zone on our web site needs updating. Are you a current or former teacher who would help us with this task? Or do you know one? There are also other opportunities to help. Just contact your Regional Director to offer your time.
Annual General Meeting
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 25 at 2pm Eastern Time. Please see the details elsewhere in this newsletter, and please do plan to join in.
Our next virtual event will be on Monday, April 24 at 7:30pm Eastern Time. We’re very pleased to welcome Brad St Croix, who will present his PhD dissertation on the myths surrounding the role and performance of Canadians in the Battle of Hong Kong. You will receive an invitation by email in early April.
For those who missed it, you can watch our most recent virtual event, Spatial History and Virtual Mapping of the Battle of Hong Kong here. This exciting new technology enables a whole new way of visualizing the events of the battle!
Have a very enjoyable spring!
We will remember them.