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Canadian war memorial カナダの戦没者追悼式

December 9, 2008

Eight a.m., December 8th, 1941.  That was when the invasion of Hong Kong by the Japanese forces began.  Among the British, Hong Kong and Indian contingent defending Hong Kong were close to 2000 Canadian troops.  More than 550 died either in battle or in prison camps.  Of the veterans who did survive the camps to return home, they hold the distinction of being among the first Canadians in the Second World War to see battle and the last to be freed.
1941年12月8日、8時から。日本の軍隊は香港に侵入を始まりました。英国人、香港人、インド人中2000ぐらいカナダ人は香港を防御しました。戦いや労役場には550カナダ人以上を死にました。

Oddly, in school I don’t ever remember learning that Hong Kong was involved in WW 2 let alone that Canadian soldiers were there defending it.  It wasn’t until I arrived here to live that that part of Canadian history became known to me.  I don’t know if things have changed in Canadian schools, but I doubt it.
実は、学校の時この歴史は習いなかった。香港住んでいる時前に香港で戦闘があるは知らなかった。

On Sunday, the Canadian consulate hosted a memorial service at Sai Wan War Cemetery to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the beginning of hostilities in that conflict.  It was well attended but there were only a couple of veterans from that conflict in attendance.  Before too long, there will not be any eye-witnesses to WW 2 left.
日曜日、サイワン戦争霊園に戦没者追悼式をしました。たくさんカナダ人に出席したけど在郷軍人が2、3人だけいました。近い将来にWW2の目撃者はいません。

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