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May 5, 2006

Legislative Assembly Honours HMCS Nonsuch

Edmonton—“Since the First World War, thousands of men and women from Alberta have served in the Canadian Forces,” said Hon. Ken Kowalski, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. “We are proud to be home to the flag once used by HMCS Nonsuch. An accompanying plaque will tell the story of the flag and the ship.”

On May 6, at 11:00 a.m. a ceremony in the Legislature Building rotunda will commemorate the contributions made by HMCS Nonsuch to the Royal Canadian Navy.

While a Naval presence had existed in Edmonton from the 1920s, it was Nonsuch that saw the initial training of nearly 4,000 Albertan sailors. The contribution of these sailors to the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest battle of World War Two, was significant.

Participating in the ceremony will be Commodore (Retired) Doug Learoyd, CMM, CD, RCNVR; Lieutenant Commander Dan Smith, CD, Commanding Officer; Ship’s Company of HMCS Nonsuch; Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta; as well as members of Edmonton’s naval community including veterans and cadets.

The ceremony will feature the unveiling of a commemorative plaque to be placed on the third floor balustrade beside the Naval Ensign of the HMCS Nonsuch placed in the rotunda in 1971.

A reception for past and present members of Canada’s Naval forces will follow.


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Bev Alenius, Executive Assistant
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Office of the Speaker
Phone: 427-2464
Email: bev.alenius@assembly.ab.ca

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