MILLET, ALBERTA, June 22, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, Blaine Calkins, Member of Parliament for Wetaskiwin, today joined members of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 229 and the Town of Millet in the unveiling of "Heroes Memorial Drive" in Millet, Alberta.
"It is our sacred duty to remember and honour our Veterans and local heroes who work so hard to make a difference in the lives of Canadians," said Minister Blaney. "Our Government is proud to support projects like "Heroes Memorial Drive" that honour those who protect our communities and country so selflessly."
Today's ceremony included the renaming of a street to "Heroes Memorial Drive" with surrounding avenues renamed to honour Veterans, police officers, civilians, emergency medical services, Canadian Armed Forces, and firefighters. The ceremony included a formal parade, speeches from dignitaries, the unveiling of the signs and a light lunch.
"I commend Royal Canadian Legion Branch 229 and the Town of Millet for acknowledging the local heroes who truly make a difference here in Millet," said MP Calkins. "Our Government will continue to honour the legacy of our Veterans and all our community heroes who serve and protect Canadians."
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2013 is the Year of the Korean War Veteran—Canada proudly remembers the heroes of the Korean War and their brave fight to uphold freedom, democracy and the rule of law. For more information on Canada's role in the Korean War, visit veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
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