NANTON, AB, Sept. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister
of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Ted Menzies, Minister of State
(Finance) and Member of Parliament for Macleod, today announced that
the Bomber Command Museum of Canada will receive up to $59,710 for the
eligible costs of the documentary entitled Canada's Bomber Command Contribution 2012.
"Our Government is pleased to support commemorative projects like this
one, which bring communities together to recognize the sacrifices of
our nation's truest heroes," said Minister Blaney. "Through the efforts
of organizations such as the Bomber Command Museum of Canada, we honour
the contributions of those brave men and women who fought and continue
to fight in the defence of peace, freedom, the rule of law and
democracy around the world."
"It is our sacred duty to help keep the memory of our Veterans alive,"
said Minister of State Menzies. "Our Government recognizes the
achievements and sacrifices of the thousands of young Canadians who
served in Bomber Command and is proud to support events and activities
that bring Canadians together to express our gratitude to our Veterans,
Canadian Forces members and their families."
The Bomber Command Museum of Canada will create a documentary on the
story of Halifax Aircraft LW682 and the role it plays in the Bomber
Command Memorial project in London, United Kingdom. The Halifax LW682
was recovered in Belgium in 1997. The heavily damaged remainder of the
aircraft was melted down into 1,600 pounds of ingots and stored at the
Nanton museum until recently, when 800 pounds of the aluminium was
donated to build the Bomber Command Memorial that was unveiled on June
28, 2012, in London, United Kingdom.
The Community Engagement Partnership Fund provides funding for
non-profit organizations, educational institutions and other groups
interested in planning remembrance initiatives. Funding applications
are accepted throughout the year. For more information on the Community
Engagement Partnership Fund, please visit veterans.gc.ca.
Image with caption: "Minister Steven Blaney with Minister of State Ted Menzies, Mayor John Blake and Karl Kjarsgaard of The Bomber Command Museum of Canada during today's funding announcement in Nanton, Alberta (CNW Group/Veterans Affairs Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120904_C3551_PHOTO_EN_17468.jpg
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Jean-Christophe de le Rue
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs