Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

October 19, 2009 16:36 ET

Government of Canada Helps Nova Scotia Honour Veterans

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 19, 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 for five events in Nova Scotia to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

- The Bethel Family Church is holding its 5th annual Veterans' Service in honour of Veterans and peacekeepers on November 8, 2009, in Glace Bay.

- The Halifax Regional Municipality is organizing a Remembrance Day commemorative banner project and unveiling ceremony to be held in Halifax, on November 11, 2009.

- The Town of Mahone Bay is holding its "Celebration of Honour" commemorative ceremony on November 1, 2009.

- The First Special Service Force Association hosted commemorative activities within the program for its 63rd annual reunion held from August 19 to 22, 2009, in Halifax.

- The Boularderie and District Veterans Memorial Committee hosted an unveiling and dedication event of the newly constructed monument on September 12, 2009, in Big Bras d'Or.

"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."

"I applaud these groups for engaging communities in promoting the accomplishments of Canada's Veterans," said Minister MacKay. "By providing people, especially our youth, with opportunities to participate in remembrance activities, we are shaping the future of remembrance in Canada and ensuring that the legacy of our Veterans will be passed on from one generation to the next."

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. 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 Nova Scotia. 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: Nova Scotia

The following five projects in Nova Scotia were approved for funding through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund:

Bethel Family Church (Glace Bay) - $825 for the 5th annual Veterans' Service to be held in Glace Bay on November 8, 2009.

The Bethel Family Church is holding its 5th annual Veterans' Service in honour of Veterans and peacekeepers on November 8, 2009, in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. The service will open with the playing of Terry Kelly's video Pittance of Time followed by the playing of O Canada, God Save the Queen, the Last Post and a minute of silence. Cadets will recite the poems In Flanders Fields and Beneath the Waves. The church will be decorated with flags, a display of military uniforms and posters. A reception will follow the ceremony and will provide an opportunity for Veterans to share their stories with youth.

Halifax Regional Municipality (Halifax) - $2,750 for organizing a Remembrance Day commemorative banner project and unveiling ceremony to be held in Halifax, on November 11, 2009.

The Halifax Regional Municipality will engage local young adults aged 18 to 25 to design a commemorative lamppost standard which will be displayed in the Grand Parade Square throughout the month of November. There will be an unveiling ceremony and a reception on November 11.

Town of Mahone Bay (Mahone Bay) - $ 2,950 for holding its "Celebration of Honour" commemorative ceremony on November 1, 2009.

The Town of Mahone Bay will organize and host a "Celebration of Honour" ceremony honouring the supreme sacrifice made by 39 soldiers from the local area, during war time and in peacekeeping missions. Thirty-nine flags, remembering the community's fallen, will be placed by local students, some of which will be surviving family members of the fallen. The flags will remain in place until Remembrance Day. A reception will follow the ceremony.

First Special Service Force Association (Halifax) - $2,000 for the First Special Service Force Association 63rd Annual Reunion that was held August 19-22, 2009.

The First Special Service Force Association hosted commemorative activities within the program for the 63rd Annual Reunion held from August 19 to 22, 2009, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The four-day reunion provided an opportunity for First Special Service Force Veterans, current members and their families to come together to remember fallen comrades who served Canada during the Second World War.

Activities included a meet and greet, a tour of Pier 21 with a lunch and entertainment, a commemorative plaque unveiling, an annual general meeting and a traditional commemorative ceremony at Royal Artillery Park and Grand Parade Square including wreath laying, pipe and drum bands, etc. A closing banquet and dance were also held where awards were presented.

Boularderie and District Veterans Memorial Committee (Big Bras d'Or) - $4,700 for the unveiling and dedication of a Veterans Memorial Monument held on September 12, 2009, in Big Bras d'Or, Nova Scotia.

The Boularderie and District Veterans Memorial Committee hosted an unveiling and dedication event of the newly constructed monument on September 12, 2009, in Big Bras d'Or, Nova Scotia. The monument commemorates those from the area who served Canada in war and conflict. The traditional commemorative ceremony included the monument unveiling and the singing of O Canada and God Save the Queen by elementary school students. Students also displayed commemorative projects on which they had worked. A reception followed and was open to the public. Approximately 500 people attended including Veterans and youth.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7428
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649