Minister of Veterans Affairs invites Canadian Veterans of the Italian
Campaign to take part in ceremonies in Italy
OTTAWA, Aug. 1, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of
Veterans Affairs, today announced that the Government of Canada will
provide a $2,000 in travel assistance to Veterans of the Italian
Campaign who want to attend commemorative events marking the 70th anniversary in Italy.
An official Government of Canada delegation, led by Minister Fantino,
will include Veterans and will honour the sacrifices made by those who
served, and participate in commemorative ceremonies from November
During the Second World War, more than 93,000 Canadians fought to
liberate Italy, and almost 6,000 lost their lives.
Commemorative ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the Italian Campaign will take place in Italy from
November 24-28, 2014 at the Cassino War Cemetery, the Price of Peace
Monument in Ortona, the Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, and the
Coriano Ridge War Cemetery.
Canadian Veterans of the Italian Campaign are eligible to apply for
travel assistance and are encouraged to do so as soon as possible by
contacting 1-866-522-2122, visiting veterans.gc.ca or e-mailing [firstname.lastname@example.org]
This year, the Government of Canada is marking a number of commemorative
events, including the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the start of the Second World War.
"A brave, though relatively inexperienced group of men and women entered
into the Second World War, willing to sacrifice for the greater good of
people everywhere. As an Italian-born Canadian, I am extremely proud of
the success Canada had during the Italian Campaign, one of the longest
and fiercest struggles of the Second World War."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs Canada