OTTAWA, Dec. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of
Veterans Affairs, is today calling on Canadians across the country to
reach out and engage with Veterans in their communities this holiday
Through Veterans Affairs Canada, the Government is constantly working to
provide a broad range of supports and services to Canadian Veterans. By
connecting with Veterans over the holidays, all Canadians can take part
in extending the season's spirit of goodwill within their communities.
"This past November 11th, Canadians were asked to remember every day. The holiday season is a
very special time of year, and a perfect opportunity to reach out and
say thanks to those whose accomplishments in the name of Canada have
allowed us to spend time with our loved ones in peace and security,"
said Minister Fantino. "I join all Canadians in honouring our service
men and women who, through their courage, determination and sacrifices,
have helped to ensure that we can live in a free and peaceful country.
We owe it to those who have served to remember and understand the
extent of their contributions, to offer our support and to assure them
of our immense gratitude and care for the work they have done on behalf
Canadians everywhere are encouraged to reach out to Veterans living in
long-term care facilities within their communities, to send holiday
greetings, or to send a postcard to Veterans online. Using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, Canadians can show
they remember by posting photos, videos, and messages using the
hashtags #ShowYouRemember and #ShowYourThanks.
"Interacting with Veterans is a valuable opportunity, especially for
youth, and encourages a deeper understanding of our country's identity.
Passing the torch of remembrance to future generations is a vital
investment in our culture. Reaching out also gives Veterans a chance to
know that their sacrifices and achievements are remembered and that
Canadians care," said Minister Fantino.
To learn more, and to send a virtual postcard to Veterans, visit veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs