The Honourable Rob Moore announces support for commemorative projects
ST. MARY'S, NL, Nov. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) and the Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador, today announced Government of Canada funding for three projects to pay tribute to Canada's brave men and women who have served in uniform. Minister Moore made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.
Branch 62 of the Royal Canadian Legion received $2,125 for the Spirit of Remembrance 1914–2014 events in St. Mary's. On November 5, Branch 62 collaborated with the 4H Zodiac Youth on an outdoor candlelight ceremony at the Riverhead Cenotaph. Candles were placed on the war memorial in memory of the First World War, particularly casualties from the 1st Newfoundland Regiment. On Remembrance Day, the Branch will host a parade and wreath-laying ceremony followed by a reception, which will feature a commemorative slide show and a personal story told by the mother of a soldier killed in Afghanistan. Her son's uniform will be featured as part of a modern-day Veteran exhibit, which will also be on display.
The Town of Howley received $1,600 for a Remembrance Day ceremony on November 9. This traditional ceremony included a parade, speeches and the laying of wreaths at the Main Street war memorial. A reception followed at the community hall, allowing the public and youth to interact with Veterans, peacekeepers and Canadian Armed Forces personnel.
The St. Lawrence Historical Advisory Committee will receive $2,500 for the project, Week to Remember, which is taking place from November 5-11 in St. Lawrence. In keeping with the Municipal Council's declaration of 2014 as the year of its local Veterans, this project recognizes local residents who have served, including modern-day Veterans of the Afghanistan mission. The events include a Remembrance Day ceremony, a candlelight ecumenical service, and a meal for local youth featuring rationed recipes to highlight wartime hardships. A DVD featuring area Veterans and footage shot during the week's activities will be produced and distributed to local Veterans.
- Today's funding announcements represent over $6,000 for these three community-led Newfoundland and Labrador projects through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund.
- Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided more than $13 million through the Community Engagement Partnership fund for projects that recognize Veterans and those who died in service.
- During the month of November, Canadians come together to honour those who have sacrificed to make our world a safer place. Learn more at veterans.gc.ca/iremember.
"Honouring and commemorating the heroic acts of generations of men and women who have served our nation is a duty bestowed on all Canadians. Our Government is pleased to support organizations that pay tribute to our Veterans' service and sacrifice."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
"The memory of our brave Veterans who sacrificed and served will not be forgotten. Their selfless acts continue to live on through these organizations' unique tributes to remembrance and for that, I thank them."
The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) and Regional Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information: Ashlee Smith, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649; Media Relations, Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468