VANCOUVER, Nov. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister
of Veterans Affairs, today joined approximately 1,000 Veterans, men and
women in uniform, cadets and massed pipe and drum bands to march on the
field at half-time in salute to Veterans and still-serving members of
the Canadian Armed Forces.
"I am honoured to have had the opportunity to share the field with these
great Canadians and to have witnessed the gratitude and appreciation of
the Canadian people for the Veterans and the men and women who still
serve," said Minister Fantino. "Our Government is very proud of the
partnerships we enjoy with the Canadian Football League and the Royal
Canadian Legion British Columbia / Yukon Command to preserve the memory
of Canadian Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice."
Through the Community Engagement Partnership Fund (CEPF), the Royal
Canadian Legion British Columbia/ Yukon Command is receiving up to
$5,000 to present the "Salute to Veterans and Military Valour"
half-time show. The CEPF, administered by Veterans Affairs Canada,
provides funding for non-profit organizations, educational institutions
and other groups interested in planning remembrance initiatives.
While in British Columbia, Minister Fantino also presented Jim Howard,
of the Vancouver Poppy Fund, with the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Commendation for his service to Veterans in need. The commendation is
presented to individuals who have contributed in an exemplary manner to
the care and well-being of Veterans or to the remembrance of the
contributions, sacrifices and achievements of Veterans.
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 to get interactive and share your thoughts or to find commemorative
events in your community.
For more information about commemorative events in your area, visit veterans.gc.ca/iremember.
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.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs