Tribute to Veterans under the Stars at Twilight Concert in Lévis

LÉVIS, QC, July 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, joined in recognizing this evening's Twilight Concert at Fort No. 1 of the Lévis Forts National Historic Site, and the spirited tribute given to the Korean War Veterans present at the event.

"The Twilight Concert is an occasion for us to pay tribute to our Canadian veterans, and in particular this year, to our Veterans of the Korean War," said Minister Fantino. "The audience is there to listen to talented musicians and see a spectacular show and the participation of Canadian Armed Forces members enriches the experience for everyone. Their contribution this evening reminds us of the sacrifices of those who wore the uniform before them."

Organized by the Fondation du Mémorial des militaires in cooperation with various partners, including Veterans Affairs Canada, the Twilight Concert is an annual event for the residents of Québec City's South Shore. For this year's concert, various wind ensembles, including the Alouette de Québec, the Harmonie Élite de la Commission scolaire des Navigateurs and the Changing of the Guard Band shared the stage. Concert-goers got a treat at the end of the evening with a performance of Tchaikovsky's iconic 1812 Overture, accompanied by four guns of the 6th Field Artillery Regiment and a fireworks display to the music of the Changing of the Guard Band.

"The musicians and the audience of the Twilight Concert offer a vibrant tribute to Canadian Veterans," said Minister Blaney. "Moreover, it was a great opportunity for people from the region to gather and honour the men and women, past and present, who have served as members the Canadian Armed Forces."

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. To learn more about the Korean War, visit veterans.gc.ca.


 

SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada

For further information:

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


Niklaus Schwenker
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
613-996-4649 


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