Passing the torch of remembrance to Canada's youth
OTTAWA, Nov. 4, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, will join His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa, this evening at the Canadian War Museum for the 16th annual Candlelight Tribute honouring Canada's Veterans.
The event will feature a symbolic passing of the torch of remembrance, during which Veterans will hand candles to youth. The moving tradition pays respect to the many brave men and women in uniform who have served Canada throughout the years to protect our shared values.
- This signature Veterans' Week event, co-hosted by Veterans Affairs Canada, the City of Ottawa, and the Canadian War Museum, is now in its 16th year. It was inspired by a similar tradition that began in the Netherlands in 1995 to honour Canadian Veterans.
- From 2014 to 2020, the Government of Canada will celebrate a heightened period of remembrance, commemorating the milestone anniversaries of Canada's many accomplishments and sacrifices during the two World Wars. Through special ceremonies and activities, at home and abroad, we will ensure that Canadians never forget our country's extraordinary role in the Allied victories.
- This Veterans' Week (November 5–11), the Government of Canada invites all Canadians to join in honouring Canada's Veterans by sharing thoughts of remembrance, photos or special memories of loved ones who served on social media. Tag your posts with #RememberThem and help show how Canada remembers.
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada
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