TORONTO, Nov. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of
Veterans Affairs, today joined the Honourable Consiglio Di Nino and
representatives from Villa Charities to announce up to $50,000 for a
project in Toronto to honour Canadian soldiers who took part in the
Italian Campaign during the Second World War. The funding, provided
through the Community War Memorial Program, will support the
construction of a new monument spearheaded by Peace Through Valour.
"In 1943, Canadian soldiers landed in Italy where they played a vital
role in the bitter campaign there until February 1945," said Minister
Fantino. "These brave men faced difficult battles as they fought for
the same peace and freedoms our men and women continue to defend today.
It is our responsibility as Canadians to honour their sacrifices, and
to show our thanks and appreciation for all they have done."
"We certainly appreciate the contribution that Veterans Affairs Canada
has made to honour a group of Canadians who valiantly fought for peace
in a very difficult campaign which has been principally ignored," said
the Honourable Consiglio Di Nino.
Villa Charities Inc. will construct the Peace Through Valour monument to
commemorate Canadian Veterans of the Italian Campaign. This project
will raise awareness about the Canadian soldiers who fought in the
Italian Campaign and ensure their stories and sacrifices will be
The Italian Campaign was one of the longest and fiercest struggles of
the Second World War. Of the more than 93,000 Canadians who served in
this campaign, nearly 6,000 would lay down their lives. The values of
peace, freedom and justice for which they fought in Italy's mountains,
valleys and rubble-filled streets are the same values our military men
and women continue to protect today.
In 2013, Veterans Affairs Canada has engaged Canadians in remembrance by
investing just under $1.8 million to help over 170 groups and
organizations across the country honour Canada's Veterans:
25 new memorials are being constructed with Community War Memorial
Program contributions of up to $797,468;
36 memorial restoration projects are underway thanks to
Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program funding of up to $393,322; and
109 partnerships were established with non-profit groups and
organizations for commemorative activities and projects through
Community Engagement Partnership Fund investments of up to $567,159.
This Veterans' Week, your challenge is to show you remember. Wearing a poppy, attending a local Remembrance Day ceremony and
changing your Facebook profile picture to a poppy are all ways to
remember and honour Veterans. Visit veterans.gc.ca/iremember to get interactive and share your thoughts or to find commemorative
events in your community.
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. For more
information on Canada's role in the Korean War, visit veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
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