TORONTO, Oct. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs, attended The Toronto "Glowing Hearts" evening, a fundraising event hosted by Canada Company. This is one of three special events being held in three major cities across Canada (Vancouver, Toronto and Montréal) in support of Operation Husky 2013. Operation Husky 2013 will honour the Canadians who fought and those who fell during the Sicilian Campaign in the months of July and August 1943, during the Second World War.
"Missions like Operation Husky are essential to helping Canadians honour our fallen heroes and share their stories of service and sacrifice with a whole new generation," said Minister Steven Blaney.
The evening included a red carpet entry, pipes and drums, video presentation, speeches and musical entertainment. Proceeds from this event will go toward continual funding of Canada Company initiatives, including a special mission to mark the 70th anniversary of Operation Husky in Sicily, Italy, in July 2013.
"It is a privilege to be here this evening to show support for such a worthy cause," said Parliamentary Secretary Adams. "Our Government is proud to work with organizations like Canada Company, in their efforts to highlight the significance of campaigns like "Operation Husky."
"These men were just like us, from all over the country. One difference, they bled out on foreign soil," said Stephen Gregory, Founder of Operation Husky 2013. "They left behind, mothers, fathers, wives, children and freedom. They deserve to be honoured."
Canada Company is a charitable organization that establishes links between community leaders and Canadians serving in the military. Its mandate is to ensure that men and women serving in the Canadian Forces and their families receive the support, care and recognition they deserve.
For more information on Veterans Affairs Canada's programs and services, please visit veterans.gc.ca.
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