OTTAWA, Nov. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Ted Opitz, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke Centre, joined the Ottawa 67's and their fans to pay tribute to Korean War Veterans at a pre-game ceremonial puck drop. A Korean War theme was the focus of a game between the hometown club and the visiting Belleville Bulls in Ontario Major Junior Hockey League action. The event is a partnership involving Branch 618 of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Ottawa 67's Hockey Club, the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa area school boards and Veterans Affairs Canada.
"Our Government and sports leagues across Canada share a common commitment to increase the visibility of remembrance, especially among youth, for Canada's Veterans—past and present," said Minister Fantino. "Today's puck drop and game go one step further and increase awareness of the Korean War and of the contributions made by Canada's Korean War Veterans."
"This annual event is a great way to connect to youth and create awareness of the tremendous contributions made by Canada's Veterans," said Member of Parliament Opitz. "Congratulations to the many groups involved in making this such a successful commemorative partnership."
Approximately 12,000 young fans attended the game and received a commemorative booklet on the Korean War.
2013 is the Year of the Korean War Veteran—Canada proudly remembers the heroes of the Korean War and their brave fight to defend the Republic of Korea and 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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