Minister Kenney announces support for commemorative projects
CALGARY, Nov. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, Minister for Multiculturalism, and Minister Responsible for Southern Alberta, today announced Government of Canada support for two projects that pay tribute to Canada's brave men and women who have served in uniform. Minister Kenney made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.
The Carewest Colonel Belcher received $500 for the 2014 Commemorative Tea. Held on November 6, the Tea was hosted for resident Veterans of the Carewest Colonel Belcher long-term care facility. A video featuring young children reciting "In Flanders Field" and sharing messages of gratitude was played.
The 783 Wing Royal Canadian Air Force Association will receive $2,500 for a Remembrance Day ceremony. The ceremony, to be held at the Metawa Armouries, will include a parade, colour party and a march-past during the event.
- Today's funding announcement represents $3,000 for these two community-led Alberta projects through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund.
- Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided more than $13 million through the Community Engagement Partnership Fund for projects that recognize Veterans and those who died in service.
- During the month of November, Canadians come together to honour those who have sacrificed to make our world a safer place. Learn more at veterans.gc.ca/iremember
"Honouring and commemorating the heroic acts of generations of men and women who have served our nation is a duty bestowed on all Canadians. Our Government is pleased to support organizations that pay tribute to our Veterans' service and sacrifices."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
"We must never forget the sacrifices of those who served in uniform in order to secure the peace and security we have today. These Calgary-based projects will help pay tribute to those who are deserving only of this highest honour and ensure that future generations know the price of today's freedom."
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, Minister for Multiculturalism, and Minister Responsible for Southern Alberta
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information: Ashlee Smith, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649; Media Relations, Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468