OTTAWA, Nov. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino,
Minister of Veterans Affairs, Parm Gill, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs,
today joined members of the War Amps of Canada, the Royal Canadian
Legion and the Korea Veterans Association of Canada, and local school
children to thank Veterans during the 18th Annual Veterans Appreciation Day held at the Billings Bridge Shopping
Centre in Ottawa.
"Judging by the number of students here today, the torch of remembrance
is clearly being passed on to our youngest generations, and I am
confident that the preservation of our Veterans' legacy lies in good
hands," said Parliamentary Secretary Gill. "I'm pleased to see our
Government's efforts in action to engage Canadians, and youth and
educators in particular, in honouring Veterans and still serving men
and women in uniform."
"This Veterans' Week, I am issuing to all Canadians the following
challenge: show you remember. The successful running of this yearly event in Ottawa is a great
symbol that the community has accepted the challenge," said Minister
Fantino. "I invite Canadians to wear a poppy, attend a local
Remembrance Day ceremony or participate in a worthy event like this;
these are all ways we can remember and honour our Veterans."
The event, organized by Veterans Affairs Canada and its community
partners, featured information booths, commemorative displays and
musical entertainment throughout the day. Local school children visited
with the Veterans in attendance and toured the various booths and
displays to complete an educational quiz on Canada's rich military
heritage. A ceremony of remembrance was also held, where Parliamentary
Secretary Gill presented Certificates of Recognition to 18 local Korean
For more information about commemorative events in your area, or to get
interactive and share your thoughts on remembrance, visit veterans.gc.ca/iremember.
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
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