OTTAWA, Nov. 8, 2018 /CNW/ - Each year, on Remembrance Day, we continue to recognize and thank the brave Canadians in uniform who have served and continue to serve our country in times of war, military conflict and peace.
Today, on Aboriginal Veterans Day, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, along with Stéphane Lauzon, Parliamentary Secretary of Veterans Affairs, released an interactive map highlighting Canadian locations, from cities to lakes, named after Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in military conflicts.
Called Canada's Commemorative Map, the interactive map shows the official names of geographical features such as lakes, rivers, mountains, islands, parks and other locations that were named to honour war causalities and to commemorate Canada's war efforts from 1867 to the present.
Place names provide a visible and enduring way to remember the personal sacrifice and heroism of armed forces personnel and certain civilians involved in these conflicts.
To date, there are 450 names on the map, a small sample of commemorative names in Canada. The map will be updated on an ongoing basis. If you would like to contribute names to this project, please contact the Geographical Names Board of Canada Secretariat at Natural Resources Canada.
"This map represents a way to forever tie Canada's land, rivers and oceans to those who served in defence of our values and democratic principles."
Canada's Minister of Natural Resources
"This is a very good way to honour and remember the men and women who have served and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. It is important to remember the sacrifices veterans have made during times of war, military conflict and peacekeeping missions and their contribution to our nation's history and its future. This map is a first, important step in an ongoing process with provinces and territories to commemorate those that have served in the defence of Canada."
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
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SOURCE Natural Resources Canada
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