Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 17, 2009 15:24 ET

Government of Canada Helps Group in P.E.I. Honour Veterans

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 17, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today federal government support for two projects in Prince Edward Island honouring Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The St. Peter's Memorial Historical Society received funding for a remembrance service and reception in St. Peter's Bay commemorating the 65th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. During the reception, local students made presentations on the sacrifices and contributions that Veterans have made in times of war and peace. The Town of Alberton received funding for a commemorative picnic on July 1, 2009, in honour of this same historic anniversary.

"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."

"I congratulate the St. Peter's Memorial Historical Society and the Town of Alberton for actively involving youth in commemorating D-Day, an event which many say marked a significant turning point in the Second World War," said Minister Shea. "By remembering their sacrifices and achievements, we will never forget those brave Canadians who answered their nation's call during its time of greatest need."

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 projects in Prince Edward Island. 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