Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 17, 2009 14:53 ET

Government of Canada Helps Group in New Brunswick Honour Veterans

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 17, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announced today federal government support for a project in New Brunswick to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Our Veterans unite all Canadians as a source of pride. They help us remember why we are blessed to be Canadian and the values that Canada stands for: peace, freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law," said Minister Thompson. "This is why our Government continues to support communities and organizations as they honour their local military heroes."

The Atlantic Gateway Fiddling Championship received funding for the inaugural event held at St. Stephen Middle School from May 29 to 31, 2009. To launch the event, a tribute involving military colour parties and pipers from Canada and the United States was held to honour Veterans and currently serving members from both sides of the border.

"Music has always played a significant role in military service and in remembrance," said Minister Thompson. "Incorporating musical pieces that pay tribute to the courage, the honour, bravery and sacrifices of our service men and women is a unique and innovative way to commemorate their efforts."

The Government of Canada is providing $733,070 in funding to 50 community-led remembrance projects across the country through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund. Applications to the Community Engagement Partnership Fund are accepted throughout the year. Non-profit groups, educational institutions and other organizations delivering remembrance activities and events may be eligible for funding.

Please visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca for a backgrounder on the project in New Brunswick. Also visit the Web site or call 1-866-522-2122 to learn more about the Community Engagement Partnership Fund or to apply for funding.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Heather MacDonald
    A/Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7428
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649