Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

September 10, 2009 14:22 ET

Government of Canada Helps Honour Veterans at Nova Scotia International Air Show

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, announced today federal government support to bring a vintage military aircraft to the Nova Scotia International Air Show September 11-13.

"Our Government is proud to support community events like this so that we never forget the sacrifices made by our truest heroes: our Veterans," said Minister Thompson. "The men and women who served during times of war and peace deserve to be honoured and remembered for their great contributions to our country."

"I applaud the Nova Scotia International Air Show Association for promoting the accomplishments of Canada's Veterans," said Minister MacKay. "In bringing youth, Veterans and the community together to learn and remember, we ensure that the legacy of our Veterans will be passed on for generations to come."

The Nova Scotia International Air Show will bring a vintage aircraft called the PBY-5A Canso Bomber to the event in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. It will be used for both air and static displays. Special tours of the aircraft will be offered to participating air cadet groups. The aircraft, painted in No. 162 Squadron colours, is dedicated to the memory of Flight Lieutenant David Hornell and is an example of Canada's air power during the war. On September 11, Jim McRae, honorary chairman for the air show, who also flew with Lieutenant Hornell, will participate in a commemorative flight in the Canso Bomber along with a number of air cadets.

The Government of Canada provided $20,950 in funding to nine community-led remembrance projects across the country through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund. The remembrance projects included commemorative ceremonies, parades, community picnics and educational displays honouring Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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. 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
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649