Remembrance Week – Tuesday Nov 11, 2008

Today I am remembering the sacrifice of Canadians in World War 2 defending the place where I was born.  It is a tragic story that few Canadians know of but is something I hold dear.  I was born in Hong Kong in the early 1960’s while it was still a British colony.  We moved to Canada in 1968 and I became a proud Canadian in 1973. 

In the fall of 1941, the British knew that they could not hold Hong Kong and sent two Canadian Regiments to bolster the defence of the colony – the Winnipeg Grenadiers and the Royal Rifles of Canada.  The Canadians and other Commonwealth defenders were hopelessly outnumbered and Hong Kong fell on Christmas Day 1941.  Here is a great website for more info: The Fall of Hong Kong

The bravery of those men remains with me and the courage they had to endure being POWs leaves me speechless.  I offer my humble thanks and gratitude. 

Lest we forget.