Battle of Ballantyne – June 18, 2017
On June 18, 1935, violence on the Longshore picket line, instigated by Police and goons, on behalf of the Shipping Federation and their allies, became part of our history. That battle was lost but the war was won. The actions of that day must continue to be a constant reminder of who we are and of the importance of maintaining this thread from our past to the present day. We belong here and we will stay here!
As part of the remembrance of the 75th anniversary of Ballantyne in 2010, a permanent memorial was erected at New Brighton Park. Since then a small group of Longshore Pensioners have met annually at the memorial on June 18 at 11 AM in an informal recognition of the events that help form our ILWU Canada.
We will meet again at the memorial this year. Drop by, bring a friend/family member and spend a bit of time socializing and remembering.
Since we met last year the Vancouver Parks Board has erected a fence (for a dog park) along the path adjacent to the memorial. The area may not be as “crowd friendly” as before, but takes nothing away from our Memorial.
Ballantyne Memorial at New Brighton Park
Sunday, June 18, 2017
IlWU Canada Pensioners … Vancouver