Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

July 24, 2009 15:17 ET

Government of Canada Helps Groups in British Columbia Honour Veterans

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 24, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade, Asia Pacific Gateway and Regional Minister for British Columbia, today announced federal government support for six projects in British Columbia honouring Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice:

- The 879 (Earl MacLeod) RCAF Wing Air Force Association of Canada for a re-dedication ceremony at the Memorial Garden located at Chilliwack Middle School.

- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #172 for the annual candlelight ceremony at God's Acre Cemetery in Esquimalt.

- The Western Command Military Vehicle Historical Society for a tour of approximately 30 military vehicles and equipment in communities throughout interior British Columbia.

- The British Columbia Seniors Games Society for the annual event running from September 16 to 19, 2009, promoting fitness and wellness among seniors.

- The Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans Association Units #26 and #68 for a multicultural Canada Day celebration in Vancouver.

- The 801 (Vancouver) Wing Air Force Association of Canada for the annual Battle of Britain Commemorative Parade at the Regional Airport in Delta.

"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 commend groups in British Columbia for bringing both youth and seniors together in promoting the legacy of our Canadian Veterans in the course of various activities and ceremonies held throughout the year," said Minister Day. "Demonstrating our gratitude ensures that the sacrifices and achievements of our Veterans will not be forgotten."

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 British Columbia. 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.



BACKGROUNDER

Community Engagement Partnership Fund: British Columbia

The following projects in British Columbia were approved for funding through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund:

879 (Earl MacLeod) RCAF Wing Air Force Association of Canada - $500 for the re-dedication ceremony at the Memorial Garden located at Chilliwack Middle School on May 6, 2009. The garden, with its 49 hydrangea bushes, was originally planted in 1942 to commemorate the Chilliwack air men and women of the RCAF who gave their lives while fighting for freedom during the Second World War.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #172 (Esquimalt) - $5,000 for the annual candlelight ceremony at God's Acre Cemetery in Esquimalt, British Columbia, on May 28, 2009. The ceremony began with a parade of Veterans and involved youth and the general public placing approximately 3,000 candles on Veterans' graves.

Western Command Military Vehicle Historical Society - $5,000 for a tour of approximately 30 military vehicles and equipment in various communities throughout interior British Columbia from August 9 to 16, 2009. The launch event takes place in Chilliwack.

British Columbia Seniors Games Society - $5,000 for the annual event running from September 16 to 19, 2009, which promotes fitness and wellness among seniors aged 55 years and older. Participating Veterans will be recognized during the opening and closing ceremonies and will wear armbands throughout the duration of the games. The anticipated attendance is approximately 25,000 with half of the participants being Veterans.

Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans Association Units #26 and #68 - $1,500 for a multicultural Canada Day celebration on July 1, 2009, in Vancouver. Canadian Veterans will be acknowledged and honoured at the event, and guests will enjoy military displays and a performance by pipers.

801 (Vancouver) Wing Air Force Association of Canada - $3,500 for the annual Battle of Britain Commemorative Parade on September 20, 2009, at the Regional Airport in Delta. Various static displays will be available during the day for the public to view, including a large scale model of a Second World War aircraft and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Helicopter AIR ONE. The event will include a combined band formation of 100 cadets and a vintage flypast by Canadian Museum of Flight.

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