SASKATOON, May 18, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Steven
Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie,
the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Western Economic
Diversification) and Member of Parliament for Blackstrap, paid tribute
today to Canada's Veterans by participating in a ceremonial puck drop
at the Memorial Cup tournament in Saskatoon.
"It is important for Canadians to understand how our military history is
intertwined with all aspects of Canadian life. We only need to look
back to the famous games played on the frozen Imjin River by Canadian
soldiers stationed in Korea during the Korean War to understand this
connection." said Minister Blaney. "I commend the Canadian Hockey
League for continuing to keep alive the memory of those who sacrificed
for our country and for encouraging Canadians to learn more about
Canada's military history."
"The Memorial Cup was originally conceived to remember players who died
during the First World War and was rededicated in 2010 to honour all
Canadian Armed Forces personnel who died fighting for Canada," said
Minister Yelich. "By taking part in this year's Memorial Cup ceremony,
our Government is proud to pay tribute to Canada's Veterans and those
who served their country."
Our Government encourages all Canadians to take part in the various
activities held across Canada to commemorate important events related
to our military history. For more information on these activities and
our funding programs, visit veterans.gc.ca.
2013 is the Year of the Korean War Veteran—Canada proudly remembers the
heroes of the Korean War and their brave fight to uphold freedom,
democracy and the rule of law. For more information on Canada's role in
the Korean War, visit veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Jean-Christophe de Le Rue
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs