LÉVIS, QC, Nov. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister
of Veterans Affairs, joined the Lévis Commandeurs and their fans to pay
tribute to Canada's Veterans at a pre-game ceremonial puck drop. With
Veterans' Week (November 5-11) just around the corner, the Commandeurs
joined Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast in taking time to
"Our Veterans and those who continue to serve today have earned the
gratitude of all Canadians," said Minister Blaney. "This time of year
provides us with a unique opportunity to honour those who have
sacrificed to defend Canada's values of freedom and democracy," For a
number of years, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), Midget
AAA League and North American Hockey League (NAHL) have highlighted the
contributions of Canadian Veterans and men and women in uniform through
ceremonial puck drops.
"Veterans Affairs Canada and sports leagues share a common commitment:
to express our respect and appreciation for Canadian Veterans of
yesterday and today," added Minister Blaney.
This year, 34 ceremonial puck drops will be held across Quebec during
Veterans' Week. For more information, consult the "Calendar of Events"
on Veterans Affairs Canada's Web site.
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 at veterans.gc.ca.
Image with caption: "Minister Steven Blaney recently took part in a ceremonial puck drop during a local game of the Commandeurs de Lévis. The puck drop was organized to highlight Veterans' Week which runs from November 5th to the 11th (CNW Group/Veterans Affairs Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121102_C4748_PHOTO_EN_20148.jpg
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