Veterans Affairs Canada

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How will you remember?

How will you remember?

October 30, 2009 10:03 ET

Government of Canada Premieres Tribute Vignette for Veterans' Week: How will you remember?

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2009) - Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs, showcased the Government of Canada's 2009 Veterans' Week Vignette today at the Piers Military Community Centre. The special video is part of a national campaign that encourages Canadians to take remembrance one step further and actively participate in remembrance activities.

The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, premiered the 2009 Veterans' Week Vignette today in Ottawa.

"Canada's Veterans bravely stepped forward to make this world a safer place, and they are the reason we celebrate Veterans' Week," said Minister Thompson. "The 2009 Veterans' Week Vignette is a tribute to the men and women who have served and those who continue to serve Canada, in times of war and peace."

The vignette features both archival and present-day footage, from the First World War through to today's mission in Afghanistan. It is being aired on national and local television, on the Internet and in public spaces across the country leading up to November 11. The vignette directs people to the Veterans Affairs Canada's Web site (vac.gc.ca) where visitors will find an interactive map and a calendar of events so they can easily find remembrance events in their community.

"I encourage citizens in Atlantic Canada to show our Veterans that we remember their accomplishments and the sacrifices they have made for the peace and freedom we enjoy today," said Parliamentary Secretary Kerr. "Whether it is attending the local Remembrance Day service or wearing a poppy with pride, it does not matter how we remember. What matters is that we do remember."

This Veterans' Week, November 5 to 11, young Canadians are encouraged to share how they remember on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site, join the Veterans' Week Facebook fan page or visit the YouTube channel. This Veterans' Week, how will you remember? Learn more at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.


BACKGROUNDER

Veterans' Week: How will you remember?

New Features

2009 Veterans' Week Vignette

The 2009 vignette is a 60-second tribute video to Canada's Veterans, which is available in English and French. The vignette will air on national and local television networks, and on Canadian Web sites, between October 29 and November 11, 2009.

Veterans' Week Web Feature (www.vac.gc.ca)

The Web feature includes great remembrance resources and information. New this year, visitors can search for remembrance events in their community using an interactive map or chose an e-postcard to mail to a Veteran. Teachers and community group leaders can download Veterans' Week learning materials, print the 2009 Veterans' Week poster or encourage youth to participate in the How will you remember? challenge.

How will you remember? - Tag it! Link it! Share it!

Veterans Affairs Canada is releasing a limited-edition remembrance DVD to inspire youth to remember online through social media. On the DVD youth will find archival photos and footage they can use to decorate their computer desktop, create a slide-show set to music and upload to YouTube or Facebook. All materials are available at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Canada Remembers Fan Page (www.facebook.com/CanadaRemembers)

Facebook is a social network where people can connect with friends and others with common interests. Through the Canada Remembers Facebook fan page, fans can post their photos and videos, share links and participate in conversations on the importance of remembrance.

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
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    Michelle Wright
    Communications Officer - Atlantic
    902-426-0635