OTTAWA, Nov. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney,
Minister of Veterans Affairs, Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for
Prince George-Peace River, today joined Veterans and students from
across the country for a modest supper reminiscent of what Canadians
would have eaten during the Second World War in order to ration food
supplies and support our troops on the front lines.
"This wartime supper helps these youth understand the contribution of
Canadians on the home front during the Second World War," said Minister
Blaney. "It is a unique way for them to learn about life in Canada
during those times and it ensures that our youth remember the
sacrifices of the men and women who have served our country."
One hundred and fifteen students and staff at the Terry Fox Canadian
Youth Centre sat down to the wartime supper with local Veterans who
were invited as guests of honour. The meal is held each year as part
the "Canada Remembers" theme week at the Historica-Dominion Institute's
Encounters with Canada program.
"I congratulate the students for taking part in the Encounters with
Canada program," said MP Zimmer. "Through programs like this, today's
youth are helping to ensure Canada's future generations will remember
the brave men and women who fought for the freedom we enjoy today."
Veterans Affairs Canada supports the remembrance component of the
Encounters with Canada program with $50,000 in annual funding through
the Community Engagement Partnership Fund, which provides financial
assistance to non-profit groups and organizations promoting local
This Veterans' Week, take time to remember by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony, visiting a local cenotaph or
monument, sharing your thoughts of remembrance online, or wearing a
poppy with pride. Learn more and find remembrance events and activities
in your area at veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Jean-Christophe de le Rue
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs