Government of Canada Announces Funding for Commemorative Project in Meaford, Ontario

MP Larry Miller announces Government of Canada support for the Meaford Community Theatre

MEAFORD, ON, Aug. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today announced Government of Canada support for the Meaford Community Theatre's production of Peace & War.

The two-hour production, which will feature performances by local musicians and an original short drama reflecting on Canada's conflicts and peacekeeping missions during the last century, is being held on the eve of Remembrance Day, November 10, 2014, to honour the service and sacrifices of Canada's Veterans.

Today's announcement is in conjunction with the launch of the Government of Canada's World Wars Commemoration period, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War. The Government of Canada is committed to honouring all Canadian men and women who bravely served our country during the First and Second World Wars.

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

Quick Facts

  • The Meaford Community Theatre group will receive up to $2,500, through Veteran Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, to assist with production costs and provide complimentary tickets to approximately 200 students.
  • On November 10, 2014, members of the Meaford Community Theatre will present a theatrical production entitled Peace & War to honour Veterans at the Meaford Hall in Ontario.
  • This year's performance will include personal stories shared by Veterans, vocal and piano music, and an original short drama on the Christmas Truce of 1914, the death of a Canadian soldier in the desert during the Second World War, and a young girl's story from the home front.
  • During the World Wars Commemoration period (2014-2020), many events across the country will honour the Canadian men and women who bravely served our country during the First and Second World Wars.

Quotes

"Our government is committed to commemorating our nation's Veterans and to recognizing those who have sacrificed so much for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. Through initiatives such as this one, we can ensure that the stories of Canada's brave service men and women are shared with future generations and all Canadians."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs

"I am very pleased to see that the Federal Government will be supporting the Meaford Community Theatre and their production of Peace & War which will recognize the sacrifice made by those who have served Canada in armed conflict. This funding is certainly well-deserved and I commend the members of the Meaford Community Theatre for their work on this production."
Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

"This year on the eve of Remembrance Day, Meaford Community Theatre's production of Peace & War will remind audiences of Canadians who have served in conflicts and peacekeeping missions during the past century. Thanks to the support from the Government of Canada we are able to provide complimentary tickets to Veterans and approximately 200 students for this program of drama and music."
Greg Brown, Producer, Meaford Community Theatre

SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada

For further information:

Ashlee Smith
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
613-996-4649

Media Relations
Veterans Affairs Canada
613-992-7468