Minister Moore announces funding for remembrance projects
PORT MOODY, BC, Nov. 5, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry and Minister Responsible for British Columbia, today announced Government of Canada support for seven projects paying 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.
The Sidney & North Saanich Memorial Park Society will receive $1,175 for a commemorative series entitled The Commemoration. From November 3-6, local students will attend workshops at the Mary Winspear Centre, in Sidney, where they will engage with Veterans and have the opportunity to examine wartime artifacts. On November 11, a public Remembrance Day ceremony and parade will also take place at the Centre where the public will be invited to view the Memorial Park Remembers commemorative exhibit.
The George Derby Care Society will receive $4,500 for a Remembrance Day parade and ceremony at the George Derby Centre in Burnaby. The day's activities will be broadcast to the Centre's special care units to allow Veterans who are unable to attend the ceremony to view it in real time.
The 2014 Generation to Generation Commemoration of Canada's Veterans Remembrance Day service, presented in Vancouver by the Royal United Services Institute of Vancouver, will receive $2,050 in support. This special service salutes Canada's Veterans and pays tribute to their service and sacrifices. During the ceremony a Canadian flag will be symbolically passed from a Second World War Veteran to a modern-day Veteran while the Olympic cauldron is symbolically lit.
A Remembrance Day ceremony organized by the Japanese Canadian War Memorial Committee (Nikkei National Museum) will receive $2,500 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. At the Vancouver ceremony, the group will proudly unveil the newly restored Stanley Park Cenotaph.
The Royal British Columbia Museum will receive $20,000 for a three-part commemorative project, The Great War: Exploring Experience Now Forgotten. The project, which will run from September 2014 to December 2015, explores the First World War as experienced by British Columbians and includes a research component, onsite programming during the week leading up to November 11, and Remembrance Day events in Victoria in 2014 and 2015.
The Vancouver Island Symphony will receive $2,500 for the Remembrance Day – Lest We Forget concert on November 12 in Nanaimo. The concert will include a collaborative performance by the Symphony and the Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipe and Drum Band. The concert will honour J.C. Richardson, a Canadian piper and Victoria Cross winner who inspired troops into battle during the First World War's Battle of the Somme. A First World War display and pre-concert discussion will complement the event.
The Silverton Community Club will receive $150 for Remembrance Day activities, which will include a parade with school children carrying flags to the Silverton Cenotaph followed by Remembrance Day services and a reception at the Silverton Community Club.
- Today's funding announcements represent almost $33,000 for these seven community-led British Columbian groups through Veteran's Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund.
- Since 2006, the Government of Canada has approved 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
"I am encouraged and impressed by the number of groups embracing the call to remembrance. On behalf of our Government, I would like to thank them for their ongoing dedication in creating opportunities for British Columbians and all Canadians to come together in remembrance."
The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry and Minister Responsible for British Columbia
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information: Contacts: Ashlee Smith, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649; Media Relations, Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468