GARDEN VILLAGE, ON, Nov. 15, 2014 /CNW/ - Jay Aspin, Member of Parliament for Nipissing–Timiskaming, today announced Government of Canada support for a community ceremony that honoured the service and sacrifices of Canada's Veterans. MP Aspin made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.
Presented by the Nipissing First Nation, the event Honouring Those Who Served brought together Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces personnel, Elders and youth who gathered at the Nipissing First Nation Community Complex in Garden Village and marched to the cenotaph for a remembrance service. The service included an opening prayer by a community Elder and the singing of the National Anthem in English, French and Ojibway by local school children.
- The Nipissing First Nation received $2,500, through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, for the ceremony Honouring Those Who Served.
- Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided more than $13 million, through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, in projects that recognize Veterans and those who have 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 the 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
"When the youth of a community play an active role in remembrance, they appreciate all the more their local history and its place among the events and achievements of this great nation. I salute the Nipissing First Nation for their efforts to engage all community members and in particular the youth of Garden Village and surrounding areas."
Jay Aspin, Member of Parliament for Nipissing–Timiskaming
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information: Contacts: Ashlee Smith, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649; Media Relations: Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468