The Honourable Steven Fletcher announces funding for commemorative projects
WINNIPEG, Nov. 5, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Member of Parliament for Charleswood–St. James–Assiniboia–Headingley, today announced Government of Canada support for Veterans' Week commemorative and educational activities in Winnipeg. MP Fletcher made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.
Presented by Unit 283 (Assiniboia) of the Army, Navy and Airforce Veterans in Canada (ANAVETS), the activities will include school visits, a poetry competition and a remembrance church service leading up to Remembrance Day. A commemorative ceremony and dinner will also be held November 9, 2014, to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of Canada's engagement in the Second World War. More than 600 people are expected to take part in the week's programming, including up to 100 local Veterans, 100 still-serving Canadian Armed Forces members and 75 youth.
- ANAVETS Unit 283 (Assiniboia) is receiving $2,500 through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund to support Veterans' Week activities.
- Since 2006, the Government of Canada has approved 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
"I want to thank ANAVETS for their work on behalf of Canada's Veterans. Their efforts, particularly in educating young Canadians, are so important to ensuring the torch of remembrance is carried forward and the sacrifices of those who have served are not forgotten."
The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Member of Parliament for Charleswood–St. James–Assiniboia–Headingley
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