Minister Steven Blaney Announces Funding for Battle of Britain Commemorative Ceremony and Parade in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Sept. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today announced funding of up to $6,710 for the Battle of Britain Commemorative Ceremony and Parade to be held in Vancouver on September 16, 2012.

"The Battle of Britain was an important point in our nation's military history and a significant step on the path to victory for democracy, peace, freedom and the rule of law." said Minister Blaney. "Along with the Battle of Britain Memorial Fund, we honour those who served and sacrificed on behalf of Canada and express our gratitude to them, their families and all those who continue to serve today."

The Battle of Britain Memorial Fund will host a commemorative Battle of Britain ceremony and parade at the Air Force Garden of Remembrance in Stanley Park. The remembrance activities will include a parade, inspection of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and a Royal Canadian Air Force flypast and air demonstration. The event will help mark the Battle of Britain of the Second World War and recognize its significance as the first major battle fought entirely in the air and a turning point in world history.

The Community Engagement Partnership Fund provides funding for non-profit organizations, educational institutions and other groups interested in planning remembrance initiatives. Funding applications are accepted throughout the year.

For more information on the Community Engagement Partnership Fund, please visit veterans.gc.ca.

SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada

For further information:

Media inquiries:

Janice Summerby
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
613-992-7468      

Jean-Christophe de le Rue
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
613-996-4649


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