OTTAWA, Nov. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, will march with more than 1,000 Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces personnel, cadets, and massed pipe and drum bands during tomorrow night's Salute to Veterans and Military Valour half-time show.
Approximately 35,000 spectators are expected to watch the event, which is being organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, the BC Lions Football Club and the Canadian Football League.
- The "Salute to Veterans and Military Valour" half-time show will take place during the BC Lions Football game on Friday, November 7, 2014.
- The Royal Canadian Legion British Columbia/Yukon Command is receiving Government of Canada support in the amount of $5,000 to help organize this event. The funding is being provided through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund.
- Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided more than $13 million, through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund (CEPF), to help organizations commemorate Veterans and those who have died in service.
- For information about commemorative events across Canada, visit veterans.gc.ca/iremember.
"It will be an honour to march alongside Canada's service men and women and to witness our nation's gratitude and appreciation for its Veterans and those who serve. Our Government is proud to partner with groups such as the Royal Canadian Legion British Columbia/Yukon Command, the BC Lions Football Club, and the Canadian Football League, to ensure the sacrifices and achievements of our brave men and women are never forgotten."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
"The Legions in British Columbia and Yukon are very proud of the Salute to Veterans event every year. We work closely with the Government of Canada and the BC Lions to honour those who have served and continue to serve our country. We are very pleased to see Minister Fantino marching with our Veterans at this important event."
Angus Stanfield, BC/Yukon Command President, Royal Canadian Legion
"It is our privilege and our honour to pay tribute to these tremendous men and women, many of whom have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom and the freedom of millions around the world."
Dennis Skulsky, President and CEO, BC Lions Football Club
- Remembrance: veterans.gc.ca/iremember
- Community Engagement Partnership Fund
- World Wars Commemoration
- Second World War Tribute
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information: Barbara Mottram, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Veterans of Affairs, 613-996-4649; Media Relations, Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468