Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

October 19, 2009 16:42 ET

Government of Canada Helps Quebec Groups Honour Veterans

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 19, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, announced today federal government support for five projects in Quebec honouring Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

- The Heritage Lower Saint Lawrence is organizing three events from August to November 2009 to commemorate the men and women from the village and communities in the Municipalite regionale de comte de la Mitis in Quebec's lower Saint Lawrence region.

- La Fabrique de la paroisse Notre-Dame-des-Neiges is holding a candlelight ceremony on November 4, 2009, at the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery in Montreal.

- The Jean-Paul I High School in Saint-Leonard is organizing its Spirit of Remembering Project, from October 2009 to May 2010, in honour of the 65th anniversary of the Italian Campaign.

- McGill University's History Department will be holding a conference, entitled "Men and War: Masculinity under Fire," on November 11, 2009, in conjunction with The Royal Canadian Legion's Remembrance Day ceremony that is held at the University.

- The Musee du 12e Regiment blinde du Canada hosted its third Hommage aux veterans: Randonnee en moto edition 2009 on September 12, 2009 in Trois-Rivieres, an annual motorcycle ride followed by a commemorative ceremony on September 12, 2009, in Trois-Rivieres.

"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 number of schools and organizations throughout the province of Quebec are dedicated to promoting the legacy of our Canadian Veterans," said Minister Paradis. "By partnering with community groups in various commemorative events, the Government of Canada helps ensure that the extraordinary actions of our Veterans will always be remembered."

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 Quebec. 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: Quebec

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

Heritage Lower Saint Lawrence (Metis-sur-Mer) - $5,000 for commemorating Veterans of the Municipalite regionale de comte de la Mitis held from August to November 2009.

Heritage Lower Saint Lawrence is organizing three events from August to November 2009 to commemorate the men and women from the village and communities in the Municipalite regionale de comte de la Mitis in Quebec's lower Saint Lawrence region. Two of the events supported through this funding include the Metis Remembrance Project and the Remembrance Day commemorative event. Through the Metis Remembrance Project, approximately 100 students enrolled in schools in the Mitis region are researching the lives of local Veterans and writing biographies profiling their experiences. A brochure will be developed based on all of the projects submitted by the students and 300 copies will be distributed to schools, local Veterans' associations and to a small museum at the Mont-Joli airport. The second component, the Remembrance Day commemorative event, will take place on November 11, 2009. The event will consist of an official wreath laying at the Protestant cemetery in Metis-sur-Mer where approximately 370 participants are expected to attend including Veterans and members of the local community.

La Fabrique de la paroisse Notre-Dame-des-Neiges (Montreal) - $5,000 for a candlelight ceremony to be held on November 4, 2009 at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery in Montreal.

The ceremony will include an official marching in of the piper, colour party and Veterans; the playing of O Canada; the reading of poems; the placement of candles on the graves; prayers followed by the Last Post, minute of silence, and the Rouse; and the reading of the Act of Remembrance. A reception will follow. More than 400 people are expected to attend this evening ceremony, including Veterans and youth from local schools and cadets.

Jean-Paul I High School (Saint-Leonard) - $3,580 for the Spirit of Remembering Project - 65th Anniversary of the Italian Campaign, to be held from October 2009 to May 2010.

John Paul I High School will hold a series of events. In October 2009, Grades 7 and 8 students will visit Veterans at Ste. Anne's Hospital and Veterans will be invited to speak to the students in their classrooms. On November 6, 2009, a traditional Remembrance Day ceremony will be held at the school with the theme being the 65th anniversary of the Italian Campaign. Students will create art projects, poems and music, which will be displayed or performed during the ceremony. The band Kioto Son, who wrote a song on remembrance, will also perform during the ceremony. Grades 7 and 8 students will visit the Holocaust Museum throughout the months of November to March. During the month of November, Grades 7 and 8 students will travel to other schools and hold assemblies where they will perform the music, read the poems and display the artwork that they have developed. A final concert will be held in May 2010. It is anticipated that this project will reach 700 students and their families over the duration of the project.

McGill University (Montreal) - $1,700 in support of the University's history conference that will be open to the general public on November 11, 2009. The conference, entitled "Men and War: Masculinity under Fire," will be held in conjunction with The Royal Canadian Legion's Remembrance Day ceremony which is being held at the University this year. The conference will include researchers from France, the United States and Canada. Following presentations made by guest speakers, a question period will be held where Veterans will have the opportunity to share their personal experiences and points of view.

Musee du 12e Regiment blinde du Canada (Trois-Rivieres) - $4,000 for the Hommage aux veterans : Randonnee en moto edition 2009 on September 12, 2009 in Trois-Rivieres.

The Musee du 12e Regiment blinde du Canada hosted its third annual motorcycle ride in Trois-Rivieres and a commemorative ceremony following the ride. The ceremony consisted of a canon salute, speeches, presentation of a representative of each peace mission, a minute of silence, music and a helicopter flypast. Various exhibits and displays of military vehicles were set-up for the general public to view. Approximately 2,000 people attended the event held concurrently with the events commemorating the 375th anniversary of Trois-Rivieres.

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