MP Erin O'Toole joins Law Society of Upper Canada at Remembrance Day Service in Toronto
TORONTO, Nov. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Erin O'Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham, will attend the Law Society of Upper Canada's annual Remembrance Day Service.
This year's ceremony will feature a Commemorative Call to the Bar, a special tribute in honour of the 59 law students who died on active duty during the First World War. In recognition of their service, family members of the students will each receive a honorary call to the bar certificate bearing the name of their fallen relative to officially recognize their studies with the Law Society of Upper Canada.
- Every year, the Law Society of Upper Canada organizes an annual Remembrance service to honour the 58 students who put their studies on hold and were killed while on active service before they could be called to the bar. The Commemorative Call to the Bar featured at this year's service was initiated by Toronto lawyer Patrick Shea.
- Between now and 2020, the World Wars Commemoration Period, the Government of Canada will commemorate the milestone anniversaries of Canada's many accomplishments and sacrifices during the two World Wars. Through special ceremonies and activities, at home and abroad, we will ensure that Canadians never forget our country's extraordinary role in the Allied victories.
- For more information on Veterans Affairs commemorative activities and programs, visit veterans.gc.ca/iremember.
"It is with profound admiration and respect, that we honour these 59 Law students who made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our great nation. These courageous students put aside their own dreams and aspirations for the peace and freedom we enjoy today."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada
"As a Parliamentarian who is also a Veteran and lawyer, I am honoured to be part of this very special ceremony. These 59 Canadians left promising careers to serve their country in the Great War and they paid the ultimate sacrifice. This posthumous Call to the Bar will honour these men and show their families that Canada has not forgotten their sacrifice."
Erin O'Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information: Barbara Mottram, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649; Media Relations, Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468