HIGH RIVER, AB, Nov. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Macleod, today announced Government of Canada funding to the Empress Theatre Society for a film festival to honour Canada's Veterans. Mr. Barlow made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.
Presented by the Empress Theatre Society, the Canadian Forces Memorial Film Festival will run from November 7-9 and will include lectures and on-stage interviews with Veterans. The film and documentary screenings will illustrate the context and conditions of military action and highlight Canada's role in D-Day, Normandy, Italy and Northern Europe during the First and Second World Wars. The Empress Theatre Society will invite local cadet units to participate in the film festival.
- The Empress Theatre Society is receiving $2,500 through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund for the Canadian Forces Memorial Film Festival.
- 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 their lives 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 historical Empress Theatre is a beautiful venue for this commemorative film festival, which will teach both youth and adults in our community about the role of Canadian Veterans in the First and Second World Wars. I commend the members of the Empress Theatre Society for their commitment to honouring Canada's brave men and women."
John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Macleod
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