This year’s commemorative ceremony saw record number of attendants joining to pay tribute to freedom fighters in the war.
(Photo credit: Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao.)
A record number of more than 600 people participated at the Canadian Commemorative Ceremony on 4 December to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Hong Kong. Led by the new Canadian Consul General, Jeff Nankivell, the commemoration also saw the presence of four WWII veterans to show solidarity with those who sacrificed themselves in defence of Hong Kong and freedom.
Other participants included uniformed groups, students from Canadian schools in Hong Kong. Representatives from the Allied forces were Argentine Consul General and Dean of Consular Corps Gustavo Horacio Luis Fazzari; British Consul General Andrew Heyn, New Zealand Consul General Gabrielle Rush, US Consul General Kurt Tong, Australian Acting Consul General Janaline Oh, as well as Indian Consul Narayan Singh.
The Chinese and Hong Kong governments were represented by Li Yiping (李一平) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hong Kong Office and Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs Laurie Lo (羅志康), respectively.
The 75th Anniversary was marked by the creation of a new logo selected through a competition among Canadian schools in Hong Kong and Macau. The winning design was from The International School of Macao students Dominic Telhado Lobo, Nikki Ip and Yasmin Marques.
Canada, meanwhile, will soon celebrate with year-long activities the 150th anniversary of Confederation. On 1 July, 1867, the British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick were officially united into one Dominion of Canada as a self-governing entity within the British Empire.