SASKATOON, June 22, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, Kelly Block, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar, today joined members of the Montgomery Place Community Association for a war memorial unveiling ceremony to honour Veterans of the Second World War and of the Korean War.
"Memorials across the country tell the story of our communities and honour our nation's truest heroes," said Minister Blaney. "Our Government is proud to support these projects and ensure that our Veterans are recognized and remembered by future generations."
The Montgomery Place Community Association is receiving up to $4,692 through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community War Memorial Program to assist with the construction of the Montgomery Place Veterans Monument. The new monument in Montgomery Park commemorates the Veterans of the Second World War and of the Korean War who settled in the community of Montgomery (acquired under the Veterans' Land Act by the Department of Veterans Affairs after the Second World War) following their years of service. The names of 557 Veterans, who settled in the community between 1946 and 1977 following their service in the Canadian Armed Forces, will be etched on the four sides of the monument.
"Our Government will continue to honour the legacy of our Veterans and those who serve our country today," said Member of Parliament Kelly Block. "I commend the Montgomery Place Community Association for helping honour the men and women who served Canada in the Second World War and the Korea War."
For more information on Veterans Affairs Canada's programs and services, visit veterans.gc.ca.
2013 is the Year of the Korean War Veteran—Canada proudly remembers the heroes of the Korean War and their brave fight to uphold freedom, democracy and the rule of law. For more information on Canada's role in the Korean War, visit veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
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