VANCOUVER, Sept. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Andrew Saxton, Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board and for Western Economic Diversification and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, attended a ceremony in Vancouver's Stanley Park today, to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Veterans Affairs Canada has contributed up to $9,900 to this event through the Community Engagement Partnership Fund.
"Our Government is proud to honour the sacrifices and achievements of the brave Canadians who fought in the Battle of Britain," said Minister Fantino. "Today, we remember the remarkable men and women who participated in one of the greatest air battles of the Second World War."
The Battle of Britain, which occurred between the months of July and October in 1940, was a truly important chapter in Canada's military history. The campaign marked the first time that air power saved a nation and was also the first battle fought primarily by air forces.
"Canadian air crews, alongside British and Allied forces, played a major role in the Battle of Britain," said Parliamentary Secretary Saxton. "We are reminded of the immense sacrifices our Veterans made in defence of peace and freedom, and pay tribute to those who continue to protect our peace and freedom today."
More information on the Battle of Britain can be found on the Veterans Affairs Canada website at veterans.gc.ca.
The Community Engagement Partnership Fund provides funding for non-profit organizations, educational institutions and other groups interested in planning remembrance initiatives. Funding applications are accepted throughout the year. To learn more about Veterans Affairs Canada's programs, services and funding programs, 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 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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