Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada
How will you remember?

How will you remember?

November 02, 2009 19:01 ET

Candlelight Tribute Honours Canada's Veterans

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 2, 2009) - In a moving ceremony this evening at Lansdowne Park, the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and His Worship Larry O'Brien, Mayor of the City of Ottawa, joined more than 500 Veterans and 100 youth in a candlelight tribute to mark Veterans' Week 2009.

"The sacrifice of our Veterans helped light the path to peace and freedom," said Minister Thompson. "Tonight our candles symbolize our continuing respect and thanks for those who served their country with dignity, respect and bravery."

The evening's tribute consisted of a wreath-laying and candlelight procession with dignitaries, Veterans and Canadian Forces members paired with Cadets, Scouts, Cubs and students.

"2009 marks the 9th consecutive year that the City of Ottawa has had the honour and the privilege to co-host the Candlelight Tribute to Veterans with Veterans Affairs Canada," said Mayor O'Brien. "The event is an opportunity for all of us to remember and give thanks for the supreme sacrifices that were made and continue to be made on our behalf."

Candlelight ceremonies began in the Netherlands as a symbol of gratitude for those who liberated the country during the Second World War. In 1995, during a special ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands, Dutch children placed lit candles on the graves of Canadian soldiers and the candles remained lit overnight in silent tribute. Since then, commemorative candlelight tributes have become annual ceremonies, not only in the Netherlands, but across Canada as well.

This year during Veterans' Week Canadians are asked to take remembrance one step further. Show how you remember by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony, visiting the local cenotaph or monument, sharing your thoughts of remembrance online, or wearing a poppy with pride. This Veterans' Week, how will you remember? Learn more at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649
    or
    Office of Protocol, City of Ottawa
    Rob Wilkinson
    Protocol Advisor
    613-580-2424 extension 28064