OTTAWA, Nov. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of
Veterans Affairs, today joined representatives of the Vimy Foundation,
local students and special guests at the Canadian War Museum on the
first official day of Veterans' Week 2013 to help launch the Give a Vimy for Vimy campaign. The campaign, run by the Vimy Foundation, is a national
initiative to raise awareness for the upcoming Vimy centennial in 2017
and encourage Canadians to contribute to the construction of a
permanent visitor education centre at the Canadian National Vimy
Memorial in France.
"I am very pleased today to be part of the official launch of the Give a Vimy for Vimy campaign," stated Minister Fantino. "Our Government is extremely proud
to have committed $5 million toward building the new Vimy education
centre, and we are so pleased to work in partnership with the Vimy
Foundation to help make this important project a reality."
Education First (EF) Tours was also recognized at the event as the first
multi-year supporter of the visitor education centre. EF Tours provides
educational travel opportunities to students and kicked off the
fundraising campaign with a donation of $100,000 to the initiative.
"The Give a Vimy for Vimy campaign will engage Canadians from coast to coast to coast, helping to
ignite pride and support for this important legacy project—the building
of a new Vimy education centre," said Christopher Sweeney, Chair of the
Vimy 2017 Committee. "The work of the Vimy Foundation continues to
ensure that the Vimy legacy of national unity, sacrifice, innovation
and victory is never lost and we look forward to building momentum with
Canadians, toward the centennial in 2017."
In Budget 2013, the Government of Canada committed $5 million for a new permanent visitor centre at the Canadian Vimy National
Memorial and announced a partnership with the Vimy Foundation for them to leverage additional funds for the centre through donations
from the private sector and from individual Canadians.
The Give a Vimy for Vimy campaign encourages Canadians to donate to help support the new
education centre. Canada's new polymer $20 bill features the National
Vimy Ridge Memorial, commemorating a key moment in Canadian history.
The Vimy Foundation is encouraging Canadians to donate a "Vimy" to help
support this education centre project.
The 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge is part of the "Road to 2017,"
a Government of Canada initiative that begins in 2014. The aim of the
initiative is to commemorate significant milestones that helped shape
Canada leading up to our nation's 150th birthday in 2017. One of these milestones was the Canadian victory at
Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917.
This Veterans' Week, your challenge is to show you remember. Wearing a poppy, attending a local Remembrance Day ceremony and
changing your Facebook profile picture to a poppy are all ways to
remember and honour Veterans. Visit veterans.gc.ca/iremember to get interactive and share your thoughts or to find commemorative
events in your community.
For more information on the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the Canadian
National Vimy Memorial, as well as on Veterans Affairs Canada's
programs and services, 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 defend the Republic
of Korea and uphold freedom, democracy and the rule of law.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
The Vimy foundation