TORONTO, Nov. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Football League and football
fans across the country paid tribute to Canada's Veterans during the
two Grey Cup semi-final playoff games in Toronto and Calgary today. On
behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs,
the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of Government in the House of
Commons, participated in the coin toss at the Eastern semi-final game in Toronto.
"Veterans Affairs Canada is proud of the partnership that has developed
over the years with the Canadian Football League," said Minister
Blaney. "The Veterans' Tribute allows viewers, at home and in the
stands, an opportunity to remember the sacrifices and achievements of
Canada's Veterans. It's a special tribute to honour our brave men and
women in uniform, past and present."
"Today we recall the stories of our Veterans so they will be remembered
for generations to come," said Minister Van Loan. "As Canadians today
enjoy our uniquely Canadian game, they also honour our nation's truest
heroes, who have served Canada with pride. We recognize and remember
their actions that allow our freedom."
"In the year of the 100th Grey Cup, when we are celebrating something so proudly Canadian, we are
especially proud to pay tribute to our Veterans on this special day,"
said Canadian Football League Commissioner Mark Cohon. "On behalf of
our entire league, I would like to thank the men and women who served
our country and made the ultimate sacrifice."
Through the Community Engagement Partnership Fund, Veterans Affairs
Canada will provide funding to the Canadian Football League 2012
Veterans' Tribute. The Tribute includes the Jake Gaudaur Veterans'
Award, national broadcasts of Veterans' Tribute videos during the
semi-final games, and in-stadium activities commemorating the
achievements and sacrifices of Canadian Veterans during times of war,
military conflict and peace.
The semi-final games featured pre-game tributes and the placement of
special commemorative markings on both football fields as well as on
the helmet of each player. The audience participated in a short
ceremony that included a moment of silence in respect for Veterans and
those still serving.
To learn more about the services and benefits available to Veterans,
visit veterans.gc.ca. To learn more about the Canadian Football League and its acknowledgement
of the contributions of Canada's Veterans, visit CFL.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
Director, Communications & Broadcast
Canadian Football League