The acceptance of donation from the Hampton Gray V.C. Chapter of the Canadian Naval Air Group
The Hampton Gray V.C. Chapter of the Canadian Naval Air Group held an event on November 23rd, 2011, which was dedicated to disaster support for Onagawa Town, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. The Hampton Gray V.C. Chapter is named for Lt. Robert Hampton Gray, a Canadian Naval officer and pilot during the Second World War.
The Group raised two thousand dollars from that event and, on January 18th, this donation was presented to Ambassador Ishikawa by both Mr. Peter S. Milsom, President, Hampton Gray V.C. Chapter; and Mr. Paul Baiden, National Chairman, Canadian Naval Air Group. Also, Ambassador Ishikawa received a letter with the symbol of friendship in Chinese characters, which is addressed to the people of Onagawa Town.
On August 9, 1945, a battle at Onagawa Bay took place. Several decades after the war, two memorials were established respectively - one for the 158 Japanese people who died, and the other for Lt. Robert Hampton Gray, who also lost his life. The memorial for Lt. Robert Hampton Gray is a symbol of the friendship that was born between two former adversaries.
We are grateful for the friendship that developed between Japan and Canada and truly appreciate the warm support for the recovery from the March 11th disaster.