WOODBRIDGE, ON, Nov. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Vaughan, received honorary membership to Branch 414 of the Royal Canadian Legion, this morning, during a stakeholders meeting in Woodbridge, Ontario.
"I am truly humbled to receive this honorary membership to Branch 414," stated Minister Fantino. "I am proud to now be a member of this storied organization that has always gone above and beyond to ensure the contributions made by our Canadian Veterans are never forgotten. I commend their commitment to remembrance and service to Veterans."
"Branch 414 of the Royal Canadian Legion is pleased to present Minister Fantino with an honorary membership," said Jane Lowe, President of Branch 414. "We will continue to work closely with Veterans Affairs Canada to ensure that Canada's Veterans are never forgotten."
Legion members, local Veterans and residents of the Legion Woods Apartments joined Minister Fantino to discuss how the local community can continue to remember and honour the sacrifices made by Canadian men and women in uniform.
This Veterans' Week, your challenge is to show you remember. Wearing a poppy, attending a local Remembrance Day ceremony and changing your Facebook profile picture to a poppy are all ways to remember and honour Veterans. Visit veterans.gc.ca/iremember to get interactive and share your thoughts or to find commemorative events in your community.
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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