Member of Parliament Bob Zimmer announces funding for commemorative projects
PRINCE GEORGE, BC, Nov. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George–Peace River, today announced Government of Canada support for the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 43 (Prince George), for their annual commemorative and educational activities in North Central British Columbia. MP Zimmer made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43 (Prince George) will organize and participate in a variety of local events and activities in the lead up to Remembrance Day. From November 3-10, Legion members will visit local high school history classes to share their experiences with students and discuss the importance of remembrance. On November 8, a candlelight vigil will take place in Prince George where cadets will place lit candles on the graves of Veterans, where they will remain lit until Remembrance Day. Finally, on November 9, Veterans will take part in a church parade at the Prince George Cemetery followed by A Day of Remembrance activities at the Legion Branch. Up to 3,500 people are expected to take part in these events, including 600 Veterans and 2,500 youth.
- Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43 (Prince George) is receiving $1,650, through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, in support of their 2014 Veterans' Week activities.
- Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided more than $13 million, through the Community Engagement Partnership Fund, for projects that recognize traditional and modern-day Canadian 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
"I commend all our Veterans for their service to Canada and their continued commitment to today's youth. Through the efforts of our local Legions, the next generation will continue to learn about and honour the importance of Remembrance Day."
Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George–Peace River
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