Government of Canada supports project featuring 18 men from Campbell River
CAMPBELL RIVER, BC, Oct. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of State and Chief Government Whip, and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North, today announced Government of Canada funding for a new exhibit that will honour North Vancouver Islanders who gave their lives in service during the First and Second World Wars. Mr. Duncan made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.
Presented by the Museum at Campbell River through the Campbell River and District Museum and Archives Society, the Our Cenotaph exhibit will focus on 18 local men and feature photographs, personal histories and artifacts from the World Wars. The exhibit will profile and honour each individual, and showcase their contributions to the war effort. A complementary school program will be developed to encourage youth to interview local Veterans and record their experiences.
- The Campbell River and District Museum and Archives Society is receiving $2,500, through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, for the Our Cenotaph exhibit.
- The exhibit will appear at the Museum at Campbell River from October 10 until November 16, 2014.
- The Campbell River and District Museum and Archives Society Incorporated is a non-profit organization that works to collect, preserve and interpret the human history of the region.
- Since 2006, the Government of Canada has approved more than $13 million, through the Community Engagement Partnership Fund, for projects that recognize traditional and modern-day Canadian Veterans and those who died in service.
- For information on Veterans Affairs Canada's commemorative activities and programs, visit veterans.gc.ca.
"Our Government is committed to honouring and remembering the service and sacrifices of our Veterans. Exhibits like this give all Canadians the opportunity to better understand and remember—right in their own communities—the selflessness of generations of men and women who served this grateful nation."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
"The brave men from this area who sacrificed their lives during the First and Second World Wars will not be forgotten. I thank the Museum at Campbell River for honouring their memory and service through this project."
The Honourable John Duncan, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North
"On behalf of the Museum at Campbell River, I want to extend my sincere thanks to the Government of Canada for its support in honouring each of these selfless individuals. This exhibit will provide our community with greater awareness and appreciation for those who served during the World Wars and those who continue to serve today."
Sandra Parrish, Executive Director, Museum at Campbell River
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