MONTRÉAL, Sept. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister
of Veterans Affairs, announced funding of up to $5,750 for the Minute
of Silence-Moment of Peace ceremony being held in Montréal today to
mark the International Day of Peace.
"Today, on the International Day of Peace, each of us can reflect upon
the sacrifices of the men and women who, through their service and
dedication, have contributed to peace around the world," said Minister
Blaney. "Through the efforts of organizations such as the Cercle de paix-Circle of Peace, we teach our youth to appreciate the value of peace and remember those
who have died in the service of peace."
The Cercle de paix-Circle of Peace organization, in partnership with the City of Montréal, is organizing
the "Minute of Silence-Moment of Peace" ceremony to mark the
International Day of Peace, which engages secondary and post-secondary
students in an international celebration of peace.
The ceremony consists of three components. The first element is the live
and delayed broadcasting via UN-TV of ceremonies being held throughout
the world and a speech by the mayor of Montréal greeting the mayors of
various cities who are members of "Mayors for Peace." The second
component honours Veterans from peacekeeping missions who are in
Montréal and other participating cities, and includes the raising of
the United Nations flag inside City Hall. The last component is
Montréal's participation in the Minute of Silence ceremony presided by
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon via the Internet.
The Community Engagement Partnership Fund provides funding for
non-profit organizations, educational institutions and other groups
interested in planning remembrance initiatives. Funding applications
are accepted throughout the year. For more information on the Community
Engagement Partnership Fund, please visit 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