Battle of the Atlantic commemorated in Liverpool: The Church of England Newspaper, June 2, 2013 p 2. June 12, 2013Posted by geoconger in Church of England, Church of England Newspaper.
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Liverpool Cathedral played host this week to a service marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. The service attended by the Princess Royal, naval leaders and veterans capped a week of events in London, Londonderry and Liverpool — home to the Western Approaches command center — to commemorate the longest continuous military campaign of the Second World War .
The festivities began Saturday with a march from the Cunard Building to wreath laying ceremony at the Merchant Navy Memorial on the Pier Head. The Royal Navy staged a mock “Battle on the Mersey” displaying the latest naval fast attack craft and helicopters. The show concluded with a flypast from a Spitfire and Hurricane.
In the afternoon the First Sea Lord First, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, opened the Veterans Visitor Centre at the Port of Liverpool Building and on Sunday evening the Band of the Royal Marines played before a sold out audience at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
At the Cathedral service the next morning Bishop James Jones reminded the congregation of the desperate conditions faced by the Merchant Navy and Royal Navy in the Atlantic.
“These are the realities of the cause of freedom, this is the true cost of the Battle of the Atlantic. The ocean became a harbour for their souls so that, denied it themselves,” he said, so that “human dignity and kindness shall not perish from the earth”.
“Oppressors can intimidate and tyrannise, can oppress and suppress but in the end the Spirit cannot be bound in chains and will fight to be free. That’s what we commemorate here today in this Cathedral whose Chapter House became the Chapel for the Atlantic Convoy. We own the sacrifice of those that “went down to the sea in ships”, who went ‘down again to the deep’ and were ‘carried up to the heaven’,” the bishop said.