On Monday, June 6, the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day landing will be commemorated at the Jervis Bay-Ross Memorial Park. Jervis Bay Memorial Branch #53, Royal Canadian Legion, in partnership with the staff and students at the nearby Bayview Elementary School, have organized a small commemorative ceremony and bbq for the students and those living in the neighbourhood.
Staff of HMCS Brunswicker will participate as we remember the crew of HMCS Saint John, RCN, which participated in the DDay inivasion, as well as the crew of 410 (City of Saint John) Squadron, RCAF, who also participated in the events of DDay and in the months afterward.
Prior to the event, the students will participate in various activities in the park, established by the Dr. James Ross family as a recreational and rest area for local children. Today the park is managed by the City of Saint John, with support from Branch #53. The Jervis Bay-Ross Memorial Park Fund is entrusted with the Community Foundation serving Greater Saint John. Pirate Dave (Goss) and school staff will have various activities for the students. Fleaburn, the mascot of our 2011 Memorial Cup winner Saint John Sea Dogs, will also attend.
The school’s Grade 4-5 choir will sing their special song “Remembrance”, written about the park and the crew of HMS Jervis Bay. The students will also plant a “Remembrance” tree and present funds which they raised for the Jervis Bay-Ross Memorial Park Fund.
The bbq is a free-will donation and funds raised will go into the Jervis Bay-Ross Memorial Park Fund.The student activities will begin at 1015; the memorial service at 1130 and the bbq at 12 noon.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be held the next day, Tuesday, June 7