OTTAWA, Feb. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of
Veterans Affairs, today issued the following statement to recognize
Black History Month:
"As February marks Black History Month, Canadians are invited to take
part in activities that commemorate the legacy of black Canadians, past
"Black Canadians have a long history of service in our Armed Forces.
Their contributions run the gamut from the War of 1812 and even
earlier, to serving in the trenches or with the No. 2 Construction
'Black' Battalion during the First World War, to fighting far from home
during the Second World War and in Korea, to peacekeeping operations
and our efforts in Afghanistan in more recent years.
"The black community in Canada is an important part of our country's
history. The Government of Canada recognizes the tremendous
contributions of those brave men and women in uniform who fought to
defend our freedom and peace. These Canadians deserve our admiration
and gratitude for the role they played in helping to shape the mosaic
of Canada and its values.
"This month, we think about the generations of black Canadians who have
bravely served this country and those who wear the Canadian Armed
Forces uniform with pride today. We remember those who served and the
sacrifices made in helping to make our country what it is today."
More information on the military contributions of black Canadians can be
found at 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