The Honourable Julian Fantino pays tribute to Canada's Veterans during a visit to BC
VANCOUVER, Nov. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today joined approximately 1,500 students and staff from Heritage Woods Secondary School for a ceremony of remembrance. The Minister spoke with students, highlighting the importance of preserving the legacy of Canada's Veterans for future generations.
While in Vancouver, Minister Fantino also joined John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country, for a meeting with Veteran stakeholders. Later this evening, the Minister will participate in the Salute to Military Veterans and Valour half-time show during the BC Lions' football game at BC Place.
- Since Confederation, more than 2.3 million Canadians have served in Canada's armed forces to defend freedom, democracy, and the rule of law—with more than 118,000 having given their lives.
- During the month of November, the Government of Canada encourages Canadians to honour our brave men and women by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony, visiting a local cenotaph or monument, thanking Veterans, wearing a poppy, and sharing a story about a loved one who has served.
- The "Salute to Veterans and Military Valour" half-time show will take place during the BC Lions Football game on Friday, November 7, 2014.
- For information about commemorative events across Canada, visit veterans.gc.ca/iremember.
"Through commemorative activities like today's ceremony of Remembrance, we will ensure that the legacy of those who have served will be preserved for future generations. I commend the students and staff of Heritage Woods Secondary School for honouring Canada's brave men and women in uniform."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
"As the son of the late Stan Weston, who was a prisoner in the Second World War, and the nephew of the late Smokey Smith, Canada's last Victoria Cross holder, I am especially honoured to host Minister Fantino in our riding to meet with Veterans, here in West Vancouver, to ensure that they and their families have the support and services they need. It is important to keep an open dialogue with our brave men and women to ensure that we are adequately supporting those who have served our country."
John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country
"Our students proudly carry the torch of remembrance during our annual Remembrance Day ceremony, and welcome these special guests today."
Jody Moss, Vice Principal, Heritage Woods Secondary
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information: Barbara Mottram, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649; Media Relations, Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468