Feature Story                                                                                        Thursday, November 20, 2014

                                                                                                               

Remembering Heroes

Huge crowd assembles at downtown Chilliwack cenotaph

Various releases/Voice photos

 

The Chilliwack Colour Guard on parade on Remembrance Day around the downtown cenotaph.

remier Christy Clark has issued the following statement marking Remembrance Day:

“This Remembrance Day, we have much to reflect upon: the 100th anniversary of the First World War, and 75 years since the outbreak of the Second; the conclusion of Canada’s combat mission in Afghanistan; the deployment of Canadian soldiers in the Middle East; and the recent killings of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent.

“We also mourn the death of Private Steven Allen of Victoria, who died far too soon while training to serve his country.

“All these events remind us of something we must not take for granted: the willingness of our best and bravest to put their lives at risk so that we can sleep safely each night.

“To all those who serve, and have served, this country: thank you. We will never forget.”

 

 

The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today issued the following statement to mark Remembrance Day:

oday we come together as a country to pause, reflect and to remember the service of Canada's Veterans and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. This year, Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, those who have been recently deployed overseas, along with their families and friends, are foremost in our minds and hearts.

"Our Government is committed to honouring all of the brave men and women who have stood on guard for Canada in times of war and in times of peace, which is why today we have re-dedicated the National War Memorial to include the inscription, In Service to Canada, to more fully reflect our country's profound respect and gratitude for our Veterans, and to recognize the breadth of our rich military history.

"This Remembrance Day is the first to occur during Canada's World Wars Commemoration period, during which our Government, from 2014-2020, will pay tribute to important centennial milestones of the First World War and 75th anniversary milestones of the Second World War. We will ensure Canadians never forget our country's extraordinary role in the Allied victories in these conflicts and that the contributions and legacy of those who served will always be remembered.

"Canadians must never take for granted the exceptional quality of life that we have the privilege to enjoy, and on behalf of our Government, and indeed, on behalf of our grateful nation, I want to thank all Canadian Veterans for their service and sacrifice."

Lest we forget

 

 

The Canadian War Museum

 

 

he Canadian War Museum invites all Canadians from across the country and around the world to participate in one of the most moving Remembrance Day ceremonies in Canada. On November 11 at exactly 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, sunlight shines through a single window in the War Museum's Memorial Hall to illuminate the headstone of Canada's Unknown Soldier. For the fourth year in a row, this event will be webcast on the War Museum website, allowing Canadians to experience it from anywhere in the country.

 

Anyone wishing to see the event should visit warmuseum.ca/remember starting at 10:45 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. It will remain available on demand until noon on November 12. A limited number of tickets for access to Memorial Hall itself will be made available to visitors to the Museum starting at 9:30 a.m. on November 11.

 

In addition to the webcast, the Remember page also includes a video of Dr. Tim Cook, noted author and Canadian War Museum historian, talking about the impact of the First World War on Canada as well as a list of events taking place throughout Remembrance Week.

 

For more information, please visit www.warmuseum.ca/remember

 

The Honourable Julian Fantino pays tribute to Canada's Veterans during a visit to BC

he Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today joined approximately 1,500 students and staff from Heritage Woods Secondary School for a ceremony of remembrance. The Minister spoke with students, highlighting the importance of preserving the legacy of Canada's Veterans for future generations.

"Through commemorative activities like today's ceremony of Remembrance, we will ensure that the legacy of those who have served will be preserved for future generations. I commend the students and staff of Heritage Woods Secondary School for honouring Canada's brave men and women in uniform," said The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs 

While in Vancouver, Minister Fantino also joined John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country, for a meeting with Veteran stakeholders. Later this evening, the Minister will participate in the Salute to Military Veterans and Valour half-time show during the BC Lions' football game at BC Place.

"As the son of the late Stan Weston, who was a prisoner in the Second World War, and the nephew of the late Smokey Smith, Canada's last Victoria Cross holder, I am especially honoured to host Minister Fantino in our riding to meet with Veterans, here in West Vancouver, to ensure that they and their families have the support and services they need. It is important to keep an open dialogue with our brave men and women to ensure that we are adequately supporting those who have served our country," said John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country.

"Our students proudly carry the torch of remembrance during our annual Remembrance Day ceremony, and welcome these special guests today," said Jody Moss, Vice Principal, Heritage Woods Secondary

Quick Facts

• Since Confederation, more than 2.3 million Canadians have served in Canada's armed forces to defend freedom, democracy, and the rule of law—with more than 118,000 having given their lives.

• During the month of November, the Government of Canada encourages Canadians to honour our brave men and women by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony, visiting a local cenotaph or monument, thanking Veterans, wearing a poppy, and sharing a story about a loved one who has served.

• The "Salute to Veterans and Military Valour" half-time show will take place during the BC Lions Football game on Friday, November 7, 2014.

For information about commemorative events across Canada, visit veterans.gc.ca/iremember.

 

 

Oshawa Tree Planting Event Commemorates Remembrance Day

 

n recognition of Remembrance Day, Forests Ontario, Trees For Life, the Region of Durham and City of Oshawa hosted a community tree planting event at Lakefront West Park in Oshawa. The event took place on the site of a significant historical Canadian military installation that served as a spy training centre ("Camp X") during WWII. Camp X is famously known as the place where author Roald Dahl trained during the war, and it is rumored that author Ian Fleming may have also been among the trainees at the base.

The community event brought together veterans, active military personnel, families, community members and volunteers to take part in a half-day tree planting activity. The morning began with opening remarks from Forests Ontario CEO Rob Keen, who welcomed participants to the event and reflected on the significance of the work being done to re-green the area.

"The trees we plant will leave a legacy for future generations," said Keen. "Our actions today will not only help to address climate change but will also stand to honour our veterans and active military personnel who have demonstrated such bravery."

Following the remarks, participants recognized a moment of silence as a way to acknowledge the contribution of veterans and military personnel across Canada in honour of Remembrance Day.  Eleanor McMahon, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, and City of Oshawa Mayor John Henry and members of Council were also on hand to support the cause and participate in the planting.

Mark Cullen, Chair of Trees for Life Canada participated in the event and said, "We are proud to support this endeavour as a lasting tribute to our Canadian war heroes. We will succeed in reaching our urban tree planting goals by working with partners like Forests Ontario."

In total, 400 trees of 15 varieties were planted along the waterfront. In anticipation of climate change, many Carolinian species, such as the tulip tree, bitternut hickory and hackberry, were chosen for the event.

Participants enjoyed the chance to directly support their community in a local reforestation project and learned about the benefits of tree planting and green urban spaces.

 

 

Parliamentary Secretary Parm Gill attends Sikh Remembrance Day Ceremony

 

n behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Parm Gill, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs, today attended the Sikh Remembrance Day Ceremony, held at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Kitchener, Ontario.

"Today we honour the contributions and accomplishments of Canadians of Sikh faith who fought for our great country. It is important that we remember the sacrifice of those, like Private Buckam Singh, who courageously defended our freedoms during the First World War," said The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

"It is a particular privilege to be able to gather at the final resting place of Private Buckam Singh, which is the only known military grave in Canada of a Sikh soldier from the World Wars. We owe it to Private Singh, and to the generations of brave men and women who have served our country, to remember their contributions and sacrifices," said Parm Gill, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs.

During the ceremony, Parliamentary Secretary Gill laid a wreath on behalf of the Government of Canada and highlighted the importance of remembering and honouring those who have served our country in uniform, including those of the Sikh faith.

"Our ceremony allows Canadians the opportunity to appreciate the inclusive nature of our country and the sacrifices made by Canadian heroes from diverse backgrounds in keeping our nation strong and secure," Sandeep Singh Brar, Curator, Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada

Quick Facts

• The Sikh Remembrance Day Ceremony takes place at Private Buckam Singh's military grave, at Mount Hope Cemetery in Kitchener, Ontario. Now in its seventh year, the ceremony has become one of the largest annual gatherings of active serving Sikh soldiers and Veterans in North America.

• Private Buckam Singh came to Canada from Punjab in 1907, enlisting with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the spring of 1915. He fought in France and Belgium with the 20th Canadian Infantry Battalion, where he was wounded in two separate battles, and eventually died in a military hospital in Kitchener, Ontario, in 1919. Private Singh's Victory Medal and military grave were discovered almost 90 years later due to the research efforts of the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada.

• More than 65,000 Sikh soldiers fought in the First World War as part of the British Expeditionary Force, and more than 300,000 Sikhs fought alongside Allied Forces in the Second World War.

• The Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada is an organization celebrating the unique culture, history and legacy of Sikh Canadians and creating a tribute to the historical significance of the Sikh community. Its objectives are to educate Canadians on the heritage of the Sikhs through exhibits and lectures.

• During the month of November, Canadians come together to honour those who have sacrificed so much to make our world a safer place. Learn more at veterans.gc.ca/iremember.

Veterans Affairs Canada Flickr photo gallery (Photos will be posted as soon as they become available.)

 

MP Pierre Lemieux to Honour Korean War Veterans at commemorative ceremony

 

 

n behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Pierre Lemieux, Member of Parliament for Glengarry–Prescott–Russell, will join His Excellency Hee-yong Cho, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Canada, and His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, for a commemorative ceremony, known as Turn to Busan, to pay tribute to the more than 26,000 Canadians who served in the Korean War.

Erin O'Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham, on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, will attend a Remembrance Day Service and Commemorative Call to the Bar Ceremony, honouring law students who died on active duty during the First World War.

 

 

MP Lemieux to honour Korean War Veterans during commemorative ceremony

Canadians to join South Korea in remembering Veterans of the Korean War at Turn to Busan service

OTTAWA - Today, on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Pierre Lemieux, Member of Parliament for Glengarry–Prescott–Russell, will join His Excellency Hee-yong Cho, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Canada, His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, and local Veterans at a commemorative wreath-laying ceremony, known as Turn to Busan, held at the Ottawa City Hall to pay tribute to the more than 26,000 Canadians who served in the Korean War.

"Today, Canadians in communities across the country will join South Korea in honouring the achievements and sacrifices of those who served in the Korean War. As we turn toward Busan, we remember the remarkable contributions Canadians made to this conflict in defence of peace and freedom," said The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

For the eighth consecutive year, the commemorative ceremony will be held concurrently with a Remembrance Day ceremony at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan, Republic of Korea.

To learn more about commemorative events in your area, visit veterans.gc.ca/iremember.

"It is an honour to recognize the service and sacrifices of the brave Canadians who came to the aid of South Koreans during the Korean War. Ceremonies such as Turn to Busan preserve and pass on this important part of our history and ensure Canada's contributions to this conflict are never forgotten," Pierre Lemieux, Member of Parliament for Glengarry–Prescott–Russell.

Quick Facts

• The commemorative ceremony, Turn to Busan will be held on Monday, November 10, at 8:40 p.m. at Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa.

• Turn to Busan is organized annually by the National Capital Unit of the Korea Veterans Association of Canada (KVA).

• The Korean War was one of Canada's most significant military engagements of the 20th century—more than 26,000 Canadians served in the conflict.  

Related Links

Remembrance: veterans.gc.ca/iremember

 

World Wars Commemoration

 

Books of Remembrance

 

Service of Remembrance brings community together to pay tribute to Veterans

 

oyce Bateman, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre, today announced Government of Canada funding to the Joint Veterans Association Parade Committee of Winnipeg for its Remembrance Day service. MP Bateman made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

"Honouring and commemorating the heroic acts of generations of men and women who have served our nation is a duty bestowed on all Canadians. Our Government is pleased to support organizations that pay tribute to our Veterans' service and sacrifices," said The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

The ceremony will include the singing of hymns and the laying of wreaths, followed by a parade of Veterans, members of the military and cadets. Local guides and scouts will also participate in the annual program. Last year, 4,500 citizens attended the event, including 1,200 youth.

"Winnipeg's strong record of commemoration continues with the 2014 Service of Remembrance. I am proud that our Government is ensuring this tradition continues. Lest we forget," said Joyce Bateman, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre.

Quick Facts

• The Joint Veterans Association Parade Committee of Winnipeg is receiving $5,000 through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund for the Service of Remembrance.

• Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided more than $13 million, through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, for projects that recognize Veterans and those who have died in service.

• During the month of November, Canadians come together to honour those who have sacrificed to make our world a safer place. Learn more at veterans.gc.ca/iremember.

 

Canadian Veterans Celebrated Through the Eyes of a Youth

The Revera and Reel Youth Age is More Film Project connects generations and smashes stereotypes

omorrow, as Canada remembers the sacrifices made by those who risked and even lost their lives in battle, they can watch veterans share their first-hand accounts with young filmmakers.

As part of a unique program between Revera, a leading provider of seniors' accommodation, care and services, and Reel Youth, a charitable project that empowers youth to create films about important social issues, several youth have captured ten inspiring stories on film including those of several Canadian veterans. The program aims to celebrate older Canadians through story-telling and film while building new intergenerational relationships.

"With veterans living in Revera residences across the country, Remembrance Day is a special occasion," said Stephen Foster, Senior Vice President, Retirement Living at Revera. "The Revera and Reel Youth Film Project is a fun and meaningful way for the generations to come together and in this instance provides the opportunity for youth to hear wartime stories directly from veterans."

While Canadian youth may, thankfully, find it difficult to relate to veterans' experiences, youth and seniors have a lot more in common than they think. Research shows that they have both experienced considerable age discrimination in Canada, with 73 per cent of Gen Y and 63 per cent of seniors (66 years of age and older) saying they have been treated unfairly or differently because of their age.i   Experts say that a lack of connection between people of different generations fuels stereotypes and misperceptions. But, the simple act of getting to know someone of a different generation promotes positive attitudes and behaviour.

"The youth were quite moved by the stories shared by the veterans," said Mark Vonesch, Director of Reel Youth. "Even during the first day of filming there were a lot of connections being made between the younger and older participants. The youth were really interested in the stories shared by the older adults and it was truly inspiring to see them connect on such a poignant topic."

The goal of The Revera and Reel Youth Age Is More Film Project is to bring generations together and celebrate older Canadians through the creation of a series of short films that profile the lives of older adults. In the process of working on the films, participants of all ages get to know each other and develop new friendships — a legacy that lives on, along with the films, after the project is over.  In this project, ten residents from Chateau Renoir Retirement Community in Calgary have been paired with youth from the Calgary area, with the resulting films being posted online in time for Remembrance Day. Revera and Reel Youth have partnered on other projects previously, but this is the first one to highlight stories of veterans.

"Many young adults learn about wars in history books or in television and movie adaptations, but it's important that they hear from those who actually lived it, that they hear the real story so that it's not glorified," said Bob Petersen, a participant in the project and WWII veteran. "When I was their age, I was worrying about whether my crew would return from a mission; it's important for them hear how my life differed from theirs."

The film project is part of Age Is More, Revera's ongoing commitment to help combat ageism. In collaboration with partners like Reel Youth and the International Federation on Ageing, Age Is More aims to shed light on ageism, challenge the assumptions of aging and recognize the valuable contributions of older adults to society.  All of the films from the Revera and Reel Youth Age Is More Film Project, including the Veteran's Spotlight, and seven other films featuring residents from Chateau Renoir, can be viewed at AgeIsMore.com.

About Revera
Revera is a leading provider of seniors' accommodation, care and services; built on a 50-year history of helping seniors live life to the fullest. Our 28,500 dedicated employees continually strive to serve a diverse group of clients and to offer choices to meet their individual preferences. With 227 sites across Canada and parts of the U.S., they work to enhance lives in their retirement communities, long term care homes, U.S. nursing and rehab centres and through the provision of home health services. Canadian-owned and operated, Revera serves approximately 28,000 clients every day, with the core values of respect, integrity, compassion and excellence at the heart of their business. Find out more about Revera at www.reveraliving.com, on facebook.com/Revera.Inc or on Twitter @Revera_Inc.

About Reel Youth
Reel Youth is a not-for-profit program that encourages youth, adults and organizations to create and distribute compelling films about important issues. Over the past nine years, Reel Youth has produced over 2,000 films with 6,000 people within Canada and across the world. For more information, visit www.reelyouth.org or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Revera Research
Revera, in partnership with Leger Marketing, surveyed online Canadians aged 18-32 (Gen Y's), 33-45 (Gen X's), 46-65 (Boomers), 66-74 (Younger Seniors) and 75-plus (Older Seniors) to better understand their attitudes on aging.  The survey was completed online from August 24th to September 4th, 2012 using Leger Marketing's online panel, LegerWeb, with a sample of 1,501 Canadians. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of 2.5%, 19 times out of 20. 

 

Commemorative activities pay tribute to local Veterans in Newfoundland and Labrador

The Honourable Rob Moore announces support for commemorative projects

 

 

he Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) and the Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador, today announced Government of Canada funding for three projects to pay tribute to Canada's brave men and women who have served in uniform. Minister Moore made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

 

"Honouring and commemorating the heroic acts of generations of men and women who have served our nation is a duty bestowed on all Canadians. Our Government is pleased to support organizations that pay tribute to our Veterans' service and sacrifice," said The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

Branch 62 of the Royal Canadian Legion received $2,125 for the Spirit of Remembrance 1914–2014 events in St. Mary's. On November 5, Branch 62 collaborated with the 4H Zodiac Youth on an outdoor candlelight ceremony at the Riverhead Cenotaph. Candles were placed on the war memorial in memory of the First World War, particularly casualties from the 1st Newfoundland Regiment. On Remembrance Day, the Branch will host a parade and wreath-laying ceremony followed by a reception, which will feature a commemorative slide show and a personal story told by the mother of a soldier killed in Afghanistan. Her son's uniform will be featured as part of a modern-day Veteran exhibit, which will also be on display.

"The memory of our brave Veterans who sacrificed and served will not be forgotten. Their selfless acts continue to live on through these organizations' unique tributes to remembrance and for that, I thank them," said The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) and Regional Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Town of Howley received $1,600 for a Remembrance Day ceremony on November 9. This traditional ceremony included a parade, speeches and the laying of wreaths at the Main Street war memorial. A reception followed at the community hall, allowing the public and youth to interact with Veterans, peacekeepers and Canadian Armed Forces personnel.

The St. Lawrence Historical Advisory Committee will receive $2,500 for the project, Week to Remember, which is taking place from November 5-11 in St. Lawrence. In keeping with the Municipal Council's declaration of 2014 as the year of its local Veterans, this project recognizes local residents who have served, including modern-day Veterans of the Afghanistan mission. The events include a Remembrance Day ceremony, a candlelight ecumenical service, and a meal for local youth featuring rationed recipes to highlight wartime hardships. A DVD featuring area Veterans and footage shot during the week's activities will be produced and distributed to local Veterans.

Quick Facts

• Today's funding announcements represent over $6,000 for these three community-led Newfoundland and Labrador projects through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund.

• Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided more than $13 million through the Community Engagement Partnership fund for projects that recognize Veterans and those who died in service.

• During the month of November, Canadians come together to honour those who have sacrificed to make our world a safer place. Learn more at veterans.gc.ca/iremember.

 

Commemorative activities pay tribute to local Veterans in New Brunswick

The Honourable Rob Moore announces support for commemorative projects

 

The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) and Regional Minister for New Brunswick, today announced Government of Canada funding for two projects to pay tribute to Canada's brave men and women who have served in uniform. Minister Moore made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

"The memory of our brave Veterans who sacrificed and served will not be forgotten. Their selfless acts continue to live on through these organizations' unique tributes to remembrance and for that, I thank them," said The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) and Regional Minister for New Brunswick

The Village of Grande Anse (website available in French only) received $950 for its Remembrance Day 2014 event. Held on November 9, this special event included a remembrance ceremony and wreath laying in recognition of the sacrifices made by Veterans and their families.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 56 will receive $2,170 for the Commemoration of the Battle of the Atlantic, which will be held on November 10 in Caraquet, New Brunswick. In addition to a wreath-laying ceremony, information and history on the Battle of the Atlantic will be shared, followed by a presentation of commemorative plaques to Veterans of the battle.

Quick Facts

• Today's funding announcement represents over $3,000, through Veteran's Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, for these two community-led New Brunswick projects.

• Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided more than $13 million, through the Community Engagement Partnership Fund, for projects that recognize Veterans and those who died in service.

• During the month of November, Canadians come together to honour those who have sacrificed to make our world a safer place. Learn more at veterans.gc.ca/iremember.

 

Canadian Pacific pays tribute to war veterans

Remembrance Day ceremony to be held at new Head Office

 

 

Canadian Pacific continues to pay tribute to the more than 33,000 CP employees who served in the last century's two world wars. This tradition of service continues, with Canadian and American employees currently listed as reservists.

These brave men and women will be honored at CP's Remembrance and Veteran's Day ceremony on November 11 starting at 10:30.  

The ceremony will be held at CP's Head Office, located at Calgary's Ogden Yard. The location for the ceremony will be at CP's new Memorial Square, which has been built this year in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

CP Memorial Square is located adjacent to the top parking lot by the 69th Ave SE and Ogden Dale Road SE entrance.

During the ceremony, CP executives, employees, CP Police Service officers, pensioners, members of the Lord Strathcona's Horse Royal Canadians, and the public will observe a minute of silence at 11:00 local time. All CP trains and engines across Canada and the United States will sound their whistles at 11:01 local time, in tribute to the men and women who have served their country.   

In Canada, CP moves Canadian Forces' equipment and is one of Canada's most supportive employers of primary Reserve Force personnel.  In the United States, CP is a proud partner of the US Army PaYS program, which recruits soldiers interested in obtaining a quality civilian job following service to their country.

About Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE:CP) is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of Canadian Pacific.

 

Local monument in honour of Veterans to be restored

MP Scott Armstrong announces Government of Canada support for the Stewiacke Monument

 

 

cott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit, today announced Government of Canada support for the restoration of the Stewiacke Monument, which honours the sacrifices and service of Canadian Veterans. MP Armstrong made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

 

"Throughout our country, monuments tell the stories of Canada's heroes—service men and women, and Veterans who fought for the freedom and liberties that we enjoy today. Our Government is committed to ensuring the longevity of memorials in our communities," The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs. 

Organized by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 70 and the Town of Stewiacke, the restoration work included repairs to the base of the monument, as well as the addition of signage and lighting. A ramp was also added to the monument to increase accessibility for those who wish to pay tribute to Veterans.

"The Stewiacke Monument pays tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and unites members of the community in commemorating their legacy. I am very proud of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 70 and the Town of Stewiacke for their hard work on the preservation and care of this monument," Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for CumberlandColchester–Musquodoboit.

"The community is thankful to the Government of Canada for providing funding to assist with the restoration of the Stewiacke Monument. All residents will now be able to better access and participate in community remembrance events taking place today and in the years to come," Kevin Swallow, Cenotaph Committee Chairman, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 70.

Quick Facts

• Royal Canadian Legion Branch 70 and the Town of Stewiacke are receiving $12,952, through Veterans Affairs Canada's Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program, for the restoration of the Stewiacke Monument.

• To date, the Government of Canada has approved almost $4.5 million, through the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program, to ensure that cenotaphs and monuments to Canada's Veterans and war dead are preserved.

• Across the country, there are more than 6,000 local cenotaphs and monuments dedicated to Canada's war dead and Veterans.

• For more information on Veterans Affairs Canada's commemorative activities and programs, visit veterans.gc.ca/iremember

 Associated Links

Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program

World Wars Commemoration Period

 

Remembrance Day service pays tribute to Veterans in Bass River

Member of Parliament Scott Armstrong announces funding for commemorative ceremony

 

 

ASS RIVER, NS - Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley, today announced Government of Canada support for the Cobequid Veterans Memorial Park Society's Remembrance Day service. MP Armstrong made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

 

"Honouring and commemorating the heroic acts of generations of men and women who have served our nation is a duty bestowed on all Canadians. Our Government is pleased to support organizations that pay tribute to our Veterans' service and sacrifices," The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

The traditional ceremony will include a colour party, Last Post, prayers, speeches and the laying of wreaths. Following the ceremony, a reception will be held at the West Colchester Consolidated school for all in attendance.

"It is important that Canadians always remember the sacrifices made by our service men and women to protect our country and our freedom. I thank the Cobequid Veterans Memorial Park Society for its continued dedication and efforts to ensure that we never forget," Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley.

Quick Facts

• The Cobequid Veterans Memorial Park Society is receiving $1,885 through Veteran's Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund for a Remembrance Day service.

• Since 2006, the Government of Canada has approved more than $13 million, through the Community Engagement Partnership Fund, for projects that recognize Veterans and those who died in service.

• During the month of November, Canadians come together to honour those who have sacrificed to make our world a safer place. Learn more at veterans.gc.ca/iremember.

Associated Links

Community Engagement Partnership Fund

 

 

Remembrance Day service pays tribute to Veterans in Scarborough - Member of Parliament Corneliu Chisu Announces Funding for Commemorative Ceremony

 

CARBOROUGH, ON - Corneliu Chisu, Member of Parliament for Pickering–Scarborough East, today announced Government of Canada funding to the Tony Stacey Centre for Veterans Care, to support their annual Remembrance Day service. MP Chisu made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

"Honouring and commemorating the heroic acts of generations of men and women who have served our nation is a duty bestowed on all Canadians. Our Government is pleased to support organizations that pay tribute to our Veterans' service and sacrifices," The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

On November 11, the Tony Stacey Centre for Veterans Care will host a Remembrance Day service for residents of the Centre, their families, and guests. The service will include a colour party provided by a local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, the laying of wreaths, speeches and songs. A small reception will follow.

"Each November 11, Canadians in hundreds of communities come together to remember those who have served their country, and the sacrifices that they made. Through the continued efforts of groups like the Tony Stacey Centre for Veterans Care, the torch of remembrance will continue to be carried forward," Corneliu Chisu, Member of Parliament for Pickering–Scarborough East.

Quick Facts

• The Tony Stacey Centre for Veterans Care is receiving $1,950 through Veteran's Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund for a Remembrance Day service.

• Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided more than $13 million, through the Community Engagement Partnership Fund for projects that recognize Veterans and those who died in service.

• During the month of November, Canadians come together to honour those who have sacrificed to make our world a safer place. Learn more at veterans.gc.ca/iremember.

 

Canada's Premiers Support Recognition of D-Day Landing Beaches as UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

TTAWA - On June 6, 2014 Canadians, veterans, and thousands of youth from across the country participated in international commemorations in France on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, which took place on the beaches of Normandy and marked a significant turning point in the Second World War.

In appreciation of these accomplishments and to preserve their memory, Premiers have endorsed the initiative of the Basse-Normandie government to have the D-Day Landing Beaches recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The World Heritage recognition would classify the D-Day Landing Beaches as a site of Outstanding Universal Value to humanity. This designation refers to a cultural significance that transcends national boundaries and is of shared importance for present and future generations.

At this time of year, we pay special tribute to all those in uniform and others who fearlessly defend our country. Recent events in our nation's capital and in Quebec serve as a reminder that the precious freedoms we all enjoy must never be taken for granted. Canadians will forever be in gratitude for the contributions and sacrifices made by the men and women who have served and continue to serve valiantly during times of conflict and to preserve peace at home and around the world.

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Remembrance Day activities to pay tribute to Veterans in Enoch, Alberta

Minister Ambrose announces support for commemorative activities

 

 

DMONTON - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, Minister Responsible for Northern Alberta and Member of Parliament for Edmonton–Spruce Grove, today announced Government of Canada funding to the Maskekowsak Cultural Society to support their Remembrance Day activities. Minister Ambrose made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

 

"Honouring and commemorating the heroic acts of generations of men and women who have served our nation is a duty bestowed on all Canadians. Our Government is pleased to support organizations that pay tribute to our Veterans' service and sacrifices," The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

The Enoch Cree First Nation's Maskekowsak Cultural Society will organize and host activities on November 11 which will include a traditional pipe ceremony, prayers, speeches, an honour guard, wreath layings, sacred historical songs, and a special Memorial Round Dance. The Dance will bring people of all ages together to remember the horrors of war and commemorate the bravery and sacrifices of Veterans and current members of the Canadian Armed Forces.  

"I applaud the members of the Maskekowsak Cultural Society and the Enoch Cree First Nation for organizing this day of cultural remembrance activities to commemorate and honour our Veterans. These special events will no doubt leave a lasting impression on everyone in attendance, particularly youth, and remind them of the sacrifices of the remarkable men and women in uniform who helped build the Canada we know today," said The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health and Minister Responsible for Northern Alberta and Member of Parliament for Edmonton Spruce Grove.

Quick Facts

• The Maskekowsak Cultural Society – Enoch Cree First Nation is receiving $2,450, through Veteran's Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, for their Lest We Forget Remembrance Day activities.

• Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided more than $13 million through the Community Engagement Partnership Fund for projects that recognize Veterans and those who died in service.

• During the month of November, Canadians come together to honour those who have sacrificed to make our world a safer place. Learn more at veterans.gc.ca/iremember.

 

Assembly of First Nations Urges All Peoples to Remember and Acknowledge Contributions of First Nation Veterans and Families

TTAWA - As people across this country pay tribute to Canadian veterans, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Regional Chief for NWT Bill Erasmus urges everyone to reflect on the tremendous contributions of First Nation soldiers and military personnel both in times of conflict and peace.   

"As we pause to reflect on what Remembrance Day means to us, we call on everyone to consider the tremendous contributions and sacrifices made by First Nations people both in the past and today.  This year has a special resonance as the anniversary of the start of World War I and we acknowledge the strength, skill and bravery of First Nation Veterans who fought for the freedom of all of us despite facing many barriers.  Some of our people who enlisted traveled for days from remote communities in order to join the effort to protect this land that we have always called home.  We acknowledge all the First Nations men and women and all citizens contributing to the armed forces in the past and today," said AFN Regional Chief Bill Erasmus who leads national efforts on behalf of the AFN Executive in support of First Nation Veterans.  "The AFN will continue to push for adequate recognition and support for First Nation Veterans and for continued contributions to the armed forces. As allies to the British Crown by virtue of our existing Treaties our peoples enlisted in record numbers in Canada and the United States of America, with at least 4000 volunteering for combat, to keep our home lands free."

Many have been acknowledged for their bravery in battle, as advance scouts, and as snipers. Francis Pegahmagabow, of Shawanga First Nation, near Parry Sound, Ontario killed 378 enemy soldiers and capturing at least 300 more. Lieutenant James David Moses, of Six Nations, was a gunner in the 57th Squadron of the Royal Fighting Corps.  He was originally with the 107th Timber Wolf Battalion, the only fully integrated unit featuring First Nation soldiers during World War I, and died during a bombing mission in April, 1918.  His brother, Arnold Moses, also served in the same unit and later became Chief of Six Nations in the 1940s.  Lieutenant Oliver Milton Martin, also from Six Nations, went on to reach the rank of Brigadier, which is still the highest rank ever attained by a First Nation in the Canadian military.  These are just some of the stories Canadians should learn about as part of Canada's military history.

"On this Remembrance Day we salute all Veterans and all men and women who continue to serve our country and keep us safe," said Regional Chief Erasmus.  "We want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the late Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent killed on duty last month and offer again our sincere condolences to their friends and family.  We remember those who lost their lives for our freedom, and continue to pay respect to all members of the armed forces. We also remind everyone that Canadian Parliamentary democracy is founded on the strong relationship between First Nations Treaties, including pre Confederation Treaties and other constructive arrangements, that exist with legal force in Canada. The legal rights of First Nations must be remembered and understood at this important time, lest we forget."

The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada. Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Comms, @AFN_Updates.

 

 

Remembrance activities pay tribute to Veterans in Ontario

Minister John Baird announces support for commemorative projects

 

 

OTTAWA - The Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister Responsible for Eastern and Northern Ontario, today announced Government of Canada support for three Ontario projects that pay tribute to Canada's brave men and women who have served in uniform. Minister Baird made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

"Honouring and commemorating the heroic acts of generations of men and women who have served our nation is a duty bestowed on all Canadians. Our Government is pleased to support organizations that pay tribute to our Veterans' service and sacrifice," The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

The Odawa Native Friendship Centre received $2,500 for the 23rd Annual Veterans Feast honouring First Nations, Métis and Inuit Veterans. The November 7 event featured traditional and ceremonial elements and entertainment, including an Aboriginal drum group, guest speakers and a display of artifacts from the Canadian War Museum.

"The hard work of these organizations allows members of our communities to come together for remembrance activities and events, which have a real and lasting impact on all Canadians. We will never forget the bravery and service of our Veterans," said The Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister Responsible for Eastern and Northern Ontario.

The Day of Remembrance Veterans Committee will receive $600 for a special commemorative DVD featuring their annual Day of Remembrance Ceremony. During the November 11 event, which will take place at Kingston's Cataraqui Cemetery, local students will place Canadian flags on each military grave. The completed DVD will be distributed to local schools, Veterans and senior citizen residences to extend the ceremony's reach and community's participation in commemoration.  

The Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra will receive $2,500 for a concert at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Ottawa on November 14.Through war-time music, the production will blend connections to local historical figures with a celebration of period songs. Poems from A.E. Houseman's A Shropshire Lad by George Butterworth, who died in the Battle of Somme, will also be featured.

Quick Facts

• Today's funding announcement represents $5,600 for these three community-led, Ontario groups through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund.

• Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided more than $13 million through the Community Engagement Partnership fund for projects that recognize traditional and modern-day Canadian Veterans and those who died in service.

• During the month of November, Canadians come together to honour those who have sacrificed to make our world a safer place. Learn more at veterans.gc.ca/iremember

 

Musical Revue pays tribute to Veterans in Mission

Member of Parliament Randy Kamp Announces Funding for Commemorative Event

 

 

ISSION, BC - Randy Kamp, Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows–Maple Ridge–Mission, today announced Government of Canada funding for a commemorative musical revue. MP Kamp made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

 

"Honouring and commemorating the heroic acts of generations of men and women who have served our nation is a duty bestowed on all Canadians. Our Government is pleased to support organizations that pay tribute to our Veterans' service and sacrifices," The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

On November 11, All Saints Anglican Church will organize and present A Musical Revue: Songs of WWI and WW2 which will include a variety of songs from the First and Second World Wars, presented by a group of local singers and musicians. Members of the audience will be provided an opportunity to share stories, participate in a sing-along and enjoy a traditional afternoon tea. A collection of wartime memorabilia will be also displayed on-site.

"There are so many ways to remember those who have served for their country. This musical revue will transport participants back to a time when Canada's young men and women sacrificed so much for our freedom. We must not forget them," said
Randy Kamp, Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows–Maple Ridge–Mission

Quick Facts

• The All Saints Anglican Church is receiving $850 through Veteran's Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund for A Musical Revue: Songs of WWI and WW2.

• Since 2006, the Government of Canada has approved more than $13 million through the Community Engagement Partnership Fund for projects that recognize Veterans and those who died in service.

• During the month of November, Canadians come together to honour those who have sacrificed to make our world a safer place. Learn more at veterans.gc.ca/iremember.

 

 

Remembrance Day celebrations pay tribute to Veterans in St-Pierre-Jolys

Member of Parliament Ted Falk announces funding for commemorative project

 

TEINBACH, MB - Ted Falk, Member of Parliament for Provencher, today announced Government of Canada funding to the Village of St-Pierre-Jolys in support of their 2014 Remembrance Day activities. MP Falk made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

"Honouring and commemorating the heroic acts of generations of men and women who have served our nation is a duty bestowed on all Canadians. Our Government is pleased to support organizations that pay tribute to our Veterans' service and sacrifices," The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

In the lead up to Remembrance Day, students from three St-Pierre-Jolys schools will research the history of local Veterans who will be featured at the ceremony with a display of commemorative portraits. On November 11, students will take part in their community's annual ceremony by greeting guests, providing musical accompaniment and reciting poetry. Approximately 400 people are expected to attend, including Veterans and youth.

"Remembrance Day ceremonies have the unique ability to unite local Veterans and youth in meaningful ways. Bringing generations of Canadians together to pay homage to our nation's heroes will help ensure the torch of remembrance burns brightly for years to come," Ted Falk, Member of Parliament for Provencher.

Quick Facts

The Village of St-Pierre-Jolys is receiving $2,500 through Veteran's Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund for Remembrance Day Celebrations.

• Since 2006, the Government of Canada has approved more than $13 million, through the Community Engagement Partnership Fund, for projects that recognize Veterans and those who died in service.

• During the month of November, Canadians come together to honour those who have sacrificed to make our world a safer place. Learn more at veterans.gc.ca/iremember.

 

Princess Anne unveils commemorative plaque honouring Canadians

Minister of Veterans Affairs joins The Princess Royal in honouring First World War recipients of the Victoria Cross

TTAWA - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today joined Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, Vice-Admiral Tim Laurence and His Excellency Howard Drake, British High Commissioner to Canada, to unveil a plaque honouring Canada's First World War Victoria Cross recipients.

"It is with tremendous pride that I witness the unveiling of this commemorative plaque recognizing 70 remarkable Canadians who were awarded the Victoria Cross for their valour during the First World War. As a nation, we must never forget the heavy price they paid to defend and protect our shared values of peace, freedom and democracy," The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

The commemorative plaque will be dedicated to the 70 Canadians awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War in recognition of their valour and devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy.

"I am deeply honoured to present this plaque, a gift from the people of the United Kingdom, in the presence of Her Royal Highness and the brave men and women of our armed forces. The First World War was a defining moment for both Canada and Britain and one that profoundly strengthened our relationship. The self-sacrifice and valour by those whose names now adorn the very walls of the British High Commission will be a permanent and public reminder of the values we share and hold so dear," His Excellency Howard Drake, British High Commissioner to Canada.

Quick Facts

• Bronze plaques, inscribed with the names of Victoria Cross recipients, are being sent to their home countries as a symbol of gratitude by the people of the United Kingdom. Canada's 70 Victoria Cross recipients are the highest number of honorees outside the United Kingdom. 

• Considered the highest military honour for valour, the Victoria Cross was awarded to those who performed an act of valour or self-sacrifice or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy. "FOR VALOUR" is inscribed at the bottom of the Victoria Cross medal.

• More than 650,000 men and women from Canada and Newfoundland served in the First World War—over 66,000 gave their lives and more than 172,000 were wounded.

 

Remembrance concert pays tribute to Veterans in Stratford

Member of Parliament Gary Schellenberger announces funding for commemorative activity

 

 

TRATFORD, ON - Gary Schellenberger, Member of Parliament for Perth–Wellington, today announced Government of Canada funding for World War One Remembrance, an evening of music performed by the Stratford Symphony Orchestra to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War. MP Schellenberger made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

 

""Honouring and commemorating the heroic acts of generations of men and women who have served our nation is a duty bestowed on all Canadians. Our Government is pleased to support organizations that pay tribute to our Veterans' service and sacrifices," The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

Taking place November 15 at Knox Presbyterian Church, the concert will feature First World War era music, period photographs and artwork, video material produced by youth, and a parade of Veterans.

"By coming together with Veterans, youth gain a heightened appreciation for Canada's military sacrifice and contributions. This is a great opportunity to bring members of our community together to honour our Veterans," said Gary Schellenberger, Member of Parliament for Perth–Wellington.

Quick Facts

The Stratford Symphony Orchestra is receiving $2,350 through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, for World War One Remembrance.

• Since 2006, the Government of Canada has approved more than $13 million, through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, in projects that recognize Veterans and those who have died in service.

• During the month of November, Canadians come together to honour those who have sacrificed to make our world a safer place. Learn more at veterans.gc.ca/iremember.

 

Remembrance activities pay tribute to Veterans in North Vancouver

Member of Parliament Andrew Saxton announces support for a commemorative project

ORTH VANCOUVER - Andrew Saxton, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, today announced Government of Canada funding for a project that pays tribute to Canada's brave men and women who have served in uniform. MP Saxton made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

"Honouring and commemorating the heroic acts of generations of men and women who have served our nation is a duty bestowed on all Canadians. Our Government is pleased to support organizations that pay tribute to our Veterans' service and sacrifices," The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

The North Shore Veterans Council Canada is receiving support for the City of North Vancouver Remembrance Day Service at the Victoria Park Cenotaph. Following the service there will be a parade to the nearby James Pemberton (JP) Fell Armouries and an afternoon of We Remember activities with local Veterans.

"Remembrance Day is a time when Canadians join together to honour our men and women in uniform who have dedicated their lives to our country and our freedom. On this and every day—lest we forget," said Andrew Saxton, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver.

Quick Facts

• The North Shore Veterans Council Canada is receiving $5,000, through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, for the City of North Vancouver Remembrance Day Service.

• Since 2006, the Government of Canada has approved more than $13 million through the Community Engagement Partnership fund for projects that recognize Veterans and those who died in service.

• During the month of November, Canadians come together to honour those who have sacrificed to make our world a safer place. Learn more at veterans.gc.ca/iremember

 

 

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