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    SS Athena (From Dennis )

    3 Comments by Doc Vernon Published on 9th September 2019 10:56 PM
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    MERCHANT NAVY COMMEMORATIVE
    THEME PROJECT (MNCTP)

    NEWS RELEASE

    MERCHANT NAVY VETERANS DAY OF OBSERVANCE
    80TH ANNIVERSARY OF MN WWII COMMEMORATIONS
    S.S. KEEWATIN
    PORT MCNICOLL, ONTARIO, CANADA
    8 SEPTEMBER 2019
    Today – Mr. Stéphane Ouellette, President and CEO, Merchant Navy Commemorative
    Theme Project (MNCTP), joined Mrs. Wanita Stapleton, Guest of Honour, Mr. Eric
    Conroy, President and CEO, Friends of Keewatin, Mr. Phil DeBruyne, on behalf of the
    Hon. Bruce Stanton, MP Simcoe North, the Hon. Jill Dunlop, MPP Simcoe North,
    Mr. Ted Walker, Mayor of Tay Township, Legion Members, the general public, and more
    in remembering the sacrifices and contributions made by the Canadian Merchant Navy
    during WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.
    During WWII more than 12,000 Seamen served in Canada’s Merchant Navy, which was
    popularly referred to as the unofficial fourth arm of the Allied Forces. Yet, inexplicably,
    veterans were denied a pension and recognition of service by successive federal
    governments for more than half a century. Canadian Merchant Navy Veterans were not
    officially recognized as veterans until 1992. They finally received compensation in 2000.
    The Merchant Navy Veterans Day Act (S.C. 2003, c. 17), which received Royal Assent
    on 19 June 2003, established the third day of September each year as "Merchant Navy
    Veterans Day." This victory was the result of efforts of veterans such as Merchant Navy
    Seamen Jack Stapleton and his wife Wanita (from Wasaga Beach, Ontario), in addition
    to the people from the Town of Collingwood. MN Veteran Jack Stapleton sadly passed
    away in 2013.
    Friends of Keewatin was the host of this observance, working in conjunction with the
    MNCTP, and in collaboration with the Royal Canadian Legion – Branch 80 – Midland,
    Midland Pipes and Drums, and Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps (286) Trillium –
    Midland. [Select pictures of the event have been provided at the end of this document.]
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    “Approaching the day of the commemoration of the sacrifices of the Canadian Merchant
    Navy, in the name of the Holy Father, I wish to assure you and all the present members,
    of a special remembrance in his prayers for the souls of the men and women who lost
    their lives serving their countries in the Allied Merchant Navy during the Second World
    War.
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    Vernon, this should be in articles, we want it to last so the younger generation may in time come to understand exactly what they did and why,
    Happy daze John in Oz.

    Life is too short to blend in.

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    Done like a Dinner John
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