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The event will be held under a large canopy tent, rain or shine, and will feature a vintage cannon with Parks Canada interpreters in historic uniforms, a Navy band, laying of flowers by cadets and a story panel unveiling.

Rear-Admiral Walter Hose, CBE

Walter Hose was Commanding Officer of HMCS Rainbow during the First World War (1914-1918) and then served as Director of the Naval Service in the 1920s. Widely regarded as the ‘father’ of Canada’s Naval Reserve, the success of Hose’s vision included his long-held belief in “a citizen navy” to train sailors in inland cities as well as to foster appreciation for the country’s maritime defence. By the end of the Second World War (1939-1945), Canada’s navy was among the world’s largest. Today, 24 Naval Reserve Divisions exist across Canada including HMCS Hunter in Windsor, Ontario.

Please RSVP no later than Monday, June 17, 2019. 

Hometown Heroes is an initiative of Parks Canada that honours ordinary citizens, both military and civilian, who contributed to Canada’s wartime efforts. We will remember them…