VIA Rail honours the military and their families

OTTAWA, Nov. 3, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - On November 4th, at VIA Rail's Ottawa station, Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and CEO of VIA Rail Canada, and David Flannigan, Dominion President of the Royal Canadian Legion will announce their partnership which aims to pay tribute to Canadian veterans and launch VIA Rail's Poppy Campaign. VIA Rail and Legion employees, as well as veterans, soldiers and their family members will be present to mark the event. For the occasion, a VIA Rail train car will be officially decorated with a poppy, along with several other cars across the country to highlight activities related to Remembrance Day.



David Flannigan, Dominion President of the Royal Canadian Legion

Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and Chief Executive Officer of VIA Rail Canada


Friday, November 4, 2016


10:30 a.m.


VIA Rail's Ottawa train station

200, Tremblay Road, Ottawa

There will be a photo opportunity and meeting with the media after the press conference.


About the Royal Canadian Legion
Established in 1926, The Royal Canadian Legion is Canada's largest Veteran support and community service organization with 300,000 members in Canada. Its mission is to serve Veterans, which includes serving military and RCMP members and their families; to promote Remembrance; and to serve our communities and our country. The Legion's Service Bureau's network provides assistance and representation to all veterans with their disability benefits, benefits and services from Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board. The Legion is perpetuating the Remembrance through the Remembrance Day ceremonies and the Poppy Campaign in communities across Canada. With over 1400 branches across Canada, the Legion makes a difference in the lives of Veterans and their families, provides essential services within our communities, and remembers the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country.

About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail ( and its 2,600 employees are mandated to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation service, in both official languages of our country. VIA Rail operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking over 400 communities across Canada and about 180 more communities through intermodal partnerships, and safely transports nearly four million passengers annually. The Corporation was awarded seven Safety Awards by the Railway Association of Canada over the last eight years. For more information, visit About VIA Rail at

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SOURCE VIA Rail Canada Inc.

For further information: Mariam Diaby, Senior Advisor, Media Relations, VIA Rail Canada, 514 871-6010, 1 877 393-8787,,


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