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440 Productions Recognises 2006 as Year of the War Bride February 9, 2006   440   Productions   joins   the   Canadian   War   Bride Association   in   marking   2006   as Year   of the War Bride. Glen      Gaudet,      Project      Manager      for      440      Productions,      attended      the commemorative   event   held   at   Pier   21   on   February   9th,   2006.   February   9th marked   the   60th   Anniversary   (1946-2006)   of   the   arrival   of   the   Mauritania   II   at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The    arrival    of    the    Mauritania    February    9,    1946,    with    943    servicemen's dependants   on   board   heralded   the   beginning   of   an   unprecedented   immigrant wave   that   saw   more   than   45000   War   Brides   and   Children   transported   to   this country   in   the   span   of   one   short   year.   By   the   time   these   transportations   were over nearly 65000 would call Canada their home. Alan   Hitchon   and   his   mother   -   photo   taken   on   board   the   RMS   Mauritania   February 5, 1946 as it departed from Liverpool, England for Halifax   Although   War   Brides   would   come   to   Canada   over   a   number   of   years,   seventy   percent   of   all   the   War   Brides   and   children   of Canadian   servicemen   came   in   1946.   Ninety   percent   of   all   War   Brides   and   their   dependants   would   come   from   Great   Britain   yet there   were   also   many   from   France,   Holland   and   other   countries;   even   Germany   and   Italy.   Today,   more   than   one   in   thirty   or   1 million Canadians can count a family tree connection to a War Bride. 440   Productions   paid   tribute   to   Canadian   War   Brides   in   the   performances   of,   Tribute   to   Courage   (2002-2003)   and   Time   to Remember   -   Songs   and   Stories   of   the   War   Years   (2003-2004)   by   telling   the   specific   stories   of   three   Nova   Scotian   War   Brides. These   scenes   included   the   stories   of   how   they   met   their   husband's   in   England,   their   Atlantic   crossing,   arrival   at   Pier   21,   and their adjustment to life in rural Nova Scotia. Wartime   Heritage   is   proud   to   acknowledge   War   Brides   and   their   rich   contributions   to   Canada   and   Canadian   culture.   Many   of them   have   played   a   significant   role   in   the   shaping   of   the   Canada   as   we   know   it   today   and   are   an   important   part   of   our Canadian heritage.    For more information on Canadian War Brides visit the Canadian War Bride Association website at
2006 as Year of the War Bride
War Bride and her son