The Hamilton Veterans Committee & The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Veterans Association mark the 80th anniversary of the raid on Dieppe with a memorial service, open to the public, at Hamilton’s Dieppe Veterans Memorial Park, 1033 Beach Blvd, on Friday, August 19, at 11 am. For the first time in 3 years, members of the public are invited to attend this annual event in-person.
The service will pay tribute to the more than 6,000 Allied forces, most of them Canadian, who took part in the largest raid of The Second World War. A total of 582 members of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (RHLI) took part in the August 19, 1942 raid. In the end, 197 members from the RHLI died, marking the single greatest loss of life of Hamiltonians to date, and nearly 300 were wounded or taken prisoner. Over 1,000 Canadian soldiers, sailors and aircrew lost their lives during the raid.
“The Dieppe Raid memorial service allows us to recognize the bravery and courage of our Hamilton veterans and acknowledge the sacrifice of those who gave their lives during the Dieppe Raid. Our Dieppe veterans will always have a place in our hearts and in our memories. We thank them for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. Let us never forget.”
- Mayor Fred Eisenberger
“This annual memorial service honours the sacrifices made by the Allied forces, including more than 500 members of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, who took part in the raid on Dieppe on August 19, 1942. The Tourism & Culture Division is honoured to work with local veterans and members of the armed forces to offer this event.”
- Carrie Brooks-Joiner, Director of Tourism & Culture
Christopher Redford, Hamilton Veterans Committee Staff Liaison.
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