Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

October 18, 2009 12:04 ET

Government of Canada Helps New Brunswick Honour Veterans

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 18, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announced today federal government support for three events in New Brunswick to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #4 will organize and host a ceremony to unveil and dedicate a new monument to the men and women who lost their lives while serving in Afghanistan, in Fredericton on October 18, 2009. The Milford Memorial Centre Inc. will hold a dedication ceremony on November 7, 2009, in Saint John, for the restored Honour Rolls listing the individuals from the community who served during the First and Second World Wars. The Pennfield Parish Military Historical Society organized a memorial service held at the Pennfield Ridge War Memorial on September 27, 2009.

"Our Government is proud to support community events like these so that we never forget the sacrifices made by our nation's 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 countless contributions to our country."

A total of 24 community-led remembrance groups across the country are receiving a combined total of $85,425 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 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.


BACKGROUNDER

Community Engagement Partnership Fund: New Brunswick

The following three projects in New Brunswick were approved for funding through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund:

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #4 (Fredericton) - $1,650 for the unveiling of a monument dedicated to those who lost their lives in Afghanistan, to be held on October 18, 2009, in Fredericton.

The ceremony will include The Royal Canadian Regiment in full colours. A meet and greet will be held at the Legion following the ceremony and will be open to all who attended the ceremony. A dinner will also be held for invited dignitaries, donors and family members of those to whom the monument is dedicated. Anticipated attendance for the ceremony is approximately 500 people including 100 Veterans and still-serving Canadian Forces members and 100 youth from various schools in Fredericton.

The Milford Memorial Centre Inc. (Saint John) - $ 1,650 for a ceremony to dedicate restored Honour Rolls on November 7, 2009, in Saint John.

The Honour Rolls, listing the individuals from the community who served during the First and Second World Wars, will be presented by The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #96 and displayed on a memorial wall located in the centre. Two surviving Second World War Veterans who are listed on the Honour Rolls still reside in the community and will be invited to attend as special guests along with members of The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #96, family members of the deceased Veterans on the Honour Rolls, youth and the community at large. A series of war artefacts and photos will be on display. A reception will follow the dedication ceremony. Approximately 250 people are expected to attend including 50 to 100 youth.

Pennfield Parish Military Historical Society (Pennfield) - $600 to help the Pennfield Parish Military Historical Society organize a memorial service held at the Pennfield Ridge War Memorial on September 27, 2009.

The service included elements of a traditional remembrance ceremony. It commemorated those who served at Pennfield Ridge Air Station, at A-30 Canadian Infantry Training Centre and at Camp Utopia and paid tribute to the personnel killed while stationed at these former Second World War military bases. A reception took place at The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #40 following the commemorative service. The public event included Veterans and youth.

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