OTTAWA, Nov. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of
Veterans Affairs, joined Veterans of Afghanistan, officer cadets from
the Royal Military College Saint-Jean and the Royal Military College of
Canada, and representatives from the Royal Canadian Legion to raise
awareness among youth in an activity organized by Operation Veteran at
the Fairmont Château Laurier earlier today.
"Veterans have made an enormous contribution in shaping the Canada we
know today. It is because of their courage and willingness to put their
country ahead of themselves that we live in a nation envied around the
world," stated Minister Fantino. "We are both grateful and humbled by
the sacrifice of Canadian men and women who have served our country."
The event allowed some 250 young people from Ontario, Quebec and
Newfoundland to hear testimonials from Veterans, officer cadets from
military colleges and members of the Royal Canadian Legion. Minister
Fantino also addressed youth attending the event and paid tribute to
Veterans and our men and women in uniform. Through this opportunity,
the youth participants learned more on the role, past and present, of
Canadian Armed Forces personnel and Veterans in defending the rights
and freedoms Canadians enjoy today.
Operation Veteran, in association with the Canadian War Museum, supports
Veterans through a complimentary meal program at the museum, as well as
engaging young Canadians in remembrance. Through educational
initiatives, Operation Veteran offers youth opportunities to learn more
about Canada's military history and the service and sacrifice of our
"Operation Veteran was founded to ensure that students honour and
respect Canada's Veterans. The funds raised by students in schools
across Canada have ensured that Veterans receive complimentary meals
when visiting the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa," said Dr. Paul
Kavanagh, founder of Operation Veteran. "I am very proud of the work we
are accomplishing together."
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.
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
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Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs