BRAMALEA, ON, Nov. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Parm Gill, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Brampton-Springdale today joined members of Branch 609 of the Royal Canadian Legion (Bramalea) and local Veterans to remember and honour the fallen at their annual Remembrance Day Service and Parade.
"Our Government understands that the freedoms we enjoy today are a precious gift given to us by those who have served and continue to serve Canada on land, at sea and in the air," said Minister Fantino. "Thanks to the service and sacrifices of our Veterans we are the heirs to a peace and security that we refuse to take for granted."
"On behalf of all Bramptonians, I offer our thanks to members of RCL Branch 609 for their efforts in passing the torch of remembrance on to future generations," said Parliamentary Secretary Gill. "Our community may be diverse, but we are all united in standing behind our men and women in uniform who defend our shared democratic values of peace, freedom and the rule of law."
Like Canadians across the country have been doing throughout this Veterans' Week, local residents took the time to pay tribute to Canada's Veterans and show their thanks to currently serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces. The Remembrance Day service was held at Donald M. Gordon Chinguacousy Park Memorial, where Parliamentary Secretary Gill laid a wreath on behalf of the Government of Canada and took part in the parade march with Veterans and Legion members.
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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